Have you ever looked at a photo and been confused by what you were seeing? These types of photos can be mysterious, daunting and even mind-boggling. You may find yourself searching for an explanation for some of the photos in this list, only to realize that you’re unable to find one. Here are 20 mysterious photos that cannot be explained.
1. This creepy photo was taken in the mid-90s by a tourist visiting a cave in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Supposedly, two friends who entered the cave saw a freaky creature and decided to take a photo. The friends also apparently heard a boy shrieking right after the picture was taken. They contacted the police, who searched the cave and found a human body. To this day, the two friends swear that what they saw was not a human body, but a scary, alien-like creature. There are many legends and stories surrounding the picture that differ in the outcome for the two friends. Some people believe that only one of the friends made it out of the cave alive. The image first began circulating in the middle of the 1990s in England when the photographer returned to his home country and sold it to the Bournemouth Advertiser where it ran in the newspaper and caught global attention.
2. Bokeh, an out-of-focus part of a picture, is a common and sometimes intended aesthetic quality in photography. However, this seemingly innocuous picture ended up showing an unsettling background presence. If you look closely at this picture, you can spot a strange, floating figure to the left of the photo. Could it be a ghost, an illusion, or simply a smudge on the camera?
3. The woman in this photo can be seen hanging onto the ledge of the World Trade Center on 9/11, waving for help. What’s so mysterious about this photo is that she survived. No one knows how this woman managed to escape from one of the highest floors in the World Trade Center without dying.
4. Peter Berthelot took this picture of his wife at a church, and it wasn’t until he developed the film that he noticed what looks like a ghost sitting behind her. Legend says that the ghost is named the “White Lady.” The woman in the photo has since claimed that she believes she was “healed” by the presence.
5. While on vacation in London, England, Reverend Ralph Hardy took a picture at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The photo was taken in 1966 and it shows the Tulip Staircase in the Queen’s House, which is regularly off limits to visitors. When he developed the film, he noticed a strange shadow climbing the stairs.
6. A woman took a photo of her husband in a car when she visited her mother’s grave in 1959. She developed the photo and noticed the faint imagery of a person sitting in the back seat of the vehicle. Later, she claimed that the person was the ghost of her mother.
7. In 2013, Elisa Lam went missing after checking into a hotel. She was later found in a water tank on the roof of the hotel. Video footage of her acting very strange and speaking to an unknown presence was later found on the hotel’s security tapes. The video footage cannot be explained, and no one knows who or what Elisa was talking to.
8. This man, known only as the Somerton Man, was found dead on an Australian beach in 1948. Inside his pocket was a strange note which read “tamám shud.” This phrase means “ended” or “finished” in Persian. The story of the Somerton Man is considered to be “one of Australia’s most profound mysteries,” according to Australia’s The Advertiser.
9. This photo of a woman on the day of the JFK assassination in 1963 has raised suspicions for years. The lady, called the Babushka Lady, is seen pictured in several photos at the JFK assassination. While others run for cover, she can be seen snapping pictures with her own camera. Investigators were never able to find her identity.
10. In this photo taken on Mars, a bright light is seen in the distance. Scientists have not revealed what the strange light might be and the sight has excited UFO enthusiasts. The image was taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover in April in a new study area known as the Kimberley.