Mystery has taken a whole new different meaning since the camera was invented. For centuries, oral transmission was the only method of passing legends, stories and myths about inexplicable and otherworldly occurrences. Since cameras became affordable and widely available there has been an endless stream of mysterious things captured in photos, from puzzling to downright creepy. Here’s a selection of the strangest 20.
1. The Creature
In the 90’s, two people entered a cave in Ras al-Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates. After seeing a strange creature, they took a photo of it and heard a boy’s scream. They alerted the police, who found a body after searching the cave. The pair claim they saw no human, but a creepy creature staring at them.
2. The Ghost
A strange opaque figure is floating ominously on the left side of the photo. Is it just a smudge or something more than that?
One among the many strange things associated with 9/11 is this photo showing a woman stranded on one of the top floors of the World Trade Centre, just after it had been hit. Some reports later claimed the woman survived, though no one could explain how.
4. The White Lady
Peter Berthelot couldn’t have felt very good after taking a picture of his wife, developing the film and seing this white creature of sorts sat behind her.
5. The Staircase
This picture was taken at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. Only after developing the film did the photographer notice a shadowy figure on the staircase.
6. The Backseat
After visiting her mother’s grave in 1959, a woman took a photo of her husband driving his car. Once the photo was developed, the pair noticed a woman sat in the backseat who they claimed was the deceased mother.
7. The Watertank
After checking into a hotel in 2013, a girl was reported missing. She was eventually found, submerged in a water tank on top of the hotel. CCTV footage has shown her speaking to an unknown presence shortly before she went missing and to this day nobody knows who or what she had been talking to.
Considered one of Australia’s most profound mysteries, this man was found dead on a beach in 1948. The only thing he carried was a note in his pocket with the phrase ‘tamám shud’ written on it – meaning ‘ended’ or ‘finished’ in Persian. The identity of the person was never discovered.
9. The Babushka
A picture taken on the day when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas shows a woman, nicknamed ‘The Babushka Lady’, taking photos while everyone else is running for cover. The photograph has been the subject of numerous theories but nobody was ever able to identify who the lady actually was.
10. Life on Mars?
A light can be seen in the distance of this photo taken on Mars. Scientists have researched for years, but could never come up with an answer about its origin.
11. Waiting in the Bushes
Despite the low resolution, this picture was taken in 2015. A young boy went missing on the Haiku Stairs hiking trail in Hawaii. He was sending photos of the adventure to his family while he was trekking. In the last photo they received, a man can be seen hiding in some bushes. The police never found the boy or the man in the photo and they are still missing today.
12. The Mummy
The San Pedro Mummy was discovered in a cave in Wyoming back in 1932. The remains give the impression of a small humanoid figure, but scientists haven’t been able to determine what it is yet.
13. The Mars Rover
These two photos of the Red Planet were taken in a time span of twelve days by the automated research vehicle Mars Rover. The second image shows a stone has appeared in the middle of this rock formation and scientists are still baffled as to how exactly it got there.
14. Someone Watching
While visiting Colorado, a couple took a photo of themselves while they were walking. After zooming in, they could see an ominous figure hiding in the field behind them, though they insist there was no one else there at the time.
15. Sea Anomaly
In 2011, an object was found in the depths of the Baltic Sea. The mysterious object has puzzled researchers from all over the world about its origin.
16. The Totem
This totem was discovered in Russia and is believed to be more than 11,000 years old. Despite years of research, nobody has been able to crack the code carved in its body.
17. The Return of Bigfoot?
This still from a video recorded in British Columbia shows a huge, ferocious black creature running through the Canadian Squamish Mountains. Some people believe it to be a Sasquatch as they have never seen a creature so big, move so swiftly.
18. Another Sasquatch?
A strange figure can be seen shifting around the forest in this photo, taken in West Virginia. Many believe it to be another Sasquatch as the shadow resembles the dark, predatory being.
This in-flight photo showing a strange object lingering above the plane is widely believed to be an actual UFO sighting.
20. Lurking child
This family claims the child sitting at the table is neither their child nor a doll.