17 most mysterious photos in the world that cannot be explained

Whenever we search for the mysteries behind an unexplained thing, we first try to find out some strong evidence that could raise questions in our minds and could inspire us to learn more and more about it. If that evidence comes out in the form of a real photo, it sends shivers down our spines. In this article, we will tell about such strange and mysterious photos that have left behind thousands of questions unanswered to this day.

1 | The Hook Island Sea Monster

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A giant snake-Iike creature under the Hook island sea © Robert Le Serrec

In 1964, French photographer Robert Le Serrec spotted and took a quick picture of what resembled a giant snake-Iike black creature resting on the seafloor off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Some sources claimed it could have been a long tarp or something similar. However, no credible explanation has ever been made for this extremely strange and bizarre photo. According to many, it’s one of the greatest cryptozoological finds.

2 | The Black Knight Satellite

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The Black Knight Satellite © NASA

This strange space object photographed in 1998 during NASA’s STS-88 mission has been widely claimed to be “The Black Knight Satellite,” a mysterious advanced space-satellite orbiting Earth in near-polar orbit. The conspiracy theories claim that it is some kind of extraterrestrial spacecraft or satellite, and that NASA is engaged in a cover-up of its existence and origin. Some even believe “The Black Knight” maybe 13,000 years old, which was put in Earth’s orbit to monitor humanity. The object has been witnessed by several persons in different timelines throughout history.

3 | Edna Cintron Survived The Plane Crash On 9/11

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Edna Cintron could be seen seeking help in the photograph

Edna Cintron survived the horrible plane crash into the north tower of the World Trade Centre. If you have a closer look you can see her waving for help in the center of the photo. However, it’s still hard to understand how she could have possibly survived the crash on the 95th floor.

4 | The Solway Firth Spaceman

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Photo of Elizabeth and a mystery figure © Jim Templeton

On 23 May 1964, Jim Templeton, a firefighter from Carlisle, Cumberland, took three photographs of his five-year-old daughter Elizabeth while on a day trip to Burgh Marsh. Later he was shocked when the middle picture came back from Kodak displaying what looks like a spaceman in the background.

According to Templeton, the only other people on the marshes that day were a couple of old ladies sitting in a car at the far end of the marsh and he did not see the figure until after his photographs were developed. He further insists, analysts at Kodak confirmed that the photograph was genuine.

5 | The Unexplained Lunar Lights In The Apollo 14 Mission

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Apollo 14 Mission, Photograph of The Moon Surface AS14-66-9301 © NASA

This photo was taken on the surface of the moon during the Apollo14 Mission. This photo clearly shows a weird blue light located miles away that should not be there. There’s a series of photos [AS14-66-9290, AS14-66-9293, AS14-66-9294, AS14-66-9295, AS14-66-9296, AS14-66-9297, AS14-66-9299, AS14-66-9301, AS14-66-9320, AS14-66-9339, AS14-66-9345, AS14-66-9346, AS14-66-9348] that show such “blue lights” in one place or more. Some claim these are lens flares of the camera. While others put forth some conspiracy theories including extraterrestrial objects, UFO or even NASA’s dark secrets behind these photos.

6 | Lady Of The Lighthouse

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St Augustine Lighthouse, Florida, United States

When this photo of the St Augustine Lighthouse was snapped in broad daylight by two friends, they noted nothing out of the ordinary. Later that night they went back through the photos they had taken that day and were surprised to see someone standing on the walkway atop the lighthouse. They knew there was none on the top of the lighthouse when they took this photo. St Augustine Lighthouse has seen tragedy many times, with deaths befalling keepers and their families, and drowning children in the water. The place is said to be extremely haunted.

7 | The Great Los Angeles Air Raid

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A Los Angeles Times photo of searchlights in the skies during the air raid. © Los Angeles Times

The Battle of Los Angeles, or also known as the Great Los Angeles Air Raids is a rumoured enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage which took place from late 24 February to early 25 February 1942 over Los Angeles, California.

According to many ufologists, the picture of the supposed attack that appeared in local newspapers back then might have actually shown an extraterrestrial aircraft. The incident occurred just after the United States entered World War II as a result of the Japanese Imperial Navy’s attack on Pearl Harbor, and one day after the Bombardment of Ellwood on 23 February.

8 | The Unsolved Case Of Tara Leigh Calico

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Missing Tara Leigh Calico and an unidentified boy, both bound and gagged. This photo was found 1 year after Tara’s disappearance in a parking lot in Port St. Joe, Florida.

Tara Leigh Calico left on a bike ride one morning in September 1988. She told her mother to look for her on the bike route if she wasn’t home by noon. The next time they saw her with an unidentified boy, both bound and gagged, in a polaroid picture found in a convenience store parking lot in Port St. Joe, Florida. Tara’s disappearance is still unsolved. No one knows what happened to them.

9 | Pyramid On The Moon

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Pyramid On The Moon. This photo is listed as a “blank” in the Apollo 17 photo gallery. © NASA

This photo was taken by Apollo 17 near the Geophone Rock, during the last flight to the moon, and it was listed as a “blank” in the Apollo 17 photographic index. The photo certainly suffers from extreme light exposure and noise issues. But it’s in fact not completely blank, as adjusting the contrast reveals pyramid-like structures.

10 | The 1941 Time Traveler

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Reopening of the South Forks Bridge in Gold Bridge, British Columbia (1941). Photo featured in “Their Past Lives Here,” an online exhibition created by the Bralorne Museum.

This black and white photograph is said to be taken in 1941 at the re-opening of the South Forks Bridge in Gold Bridge, Canada. It’s depicting a man in seemingly modern dress, and style, with a camera that is advanced well beyond its time. On the left illustrates a man with a camera typical to the time period.

Many claim he was a time traveller. Whereas, many explain that such types of sunglasses and clothing were available at that time. Yes, it was. But this dress code was not the trend during that period. However, no one has a proper explanation for his advanced looking camera. If the man wasn’t a time traveller then he must have a perfect sense of future dress code.

11 | Hessdalen Lights

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The Hessdalen lights © Bjorn Hauge

The Hessdalen lights are unexplained lights observed in a 12-kilometre-long stretch of the Hessdalen valley in rural central Norway. These unusual lights have been reported in the region since at least the 1930s. Wanting to study the Hessdalen lights, professor Bjorn Hauge took the above photo with a 30-second exposure. He later claimed that the object seen in the sky was made from silicon, steel, titanium and scandium.

12 | The Babushka Lady

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The Unidentified Babushka Lady. Despite she could hold important information in her camera about JFK’s assassination, she never came forward and the United States investigators have never been able to identify her.

Babushka Lady is the nickname for an unknown woman present during the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy who might have photographed the events that occurred in Dallas’s Dealey Plaza at the time JFK was shot. She was seen several times in various photographs but none had captured her face because in all cases she was either facing away from the camera, or had her face obscured by her own camera. She never came forward and the US investigators have never identified her.

13 | The Ghost Of Freddy Jackson

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The photo of Goddard’s Squadron, taken in 1919, was first published in 1975 by Sir Victor Goddard, a retired R.A.F. officer.

This photo of the “Victor Goddard R.A.F. Squadron” was taken before the Squadron was disbanded. Every service member was present for the picture, except for Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had died a few days earlier when he accidentally walked into a moving propeller. However, in the picture behind another member in the back row, Freddy Jackson appeared, even though he was dead.

14 | Vladimir Putin?

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Is the blond guy Vladimir Putin?

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan made a trip to Moscow and went to visit Red Square. While shaking hands with a young boy, the president had his picture snapped by White House photographer, Peter Souza. Souza insists that the blond, nerdy-looking nearby is none other than a young Vladimir Putin. Who later became one of the most famous KGB spies ever. There is no confirmation about this photo from the Kremlin. Still, it remains a mystery whether the nerdy man is Putin or not.

15 | The Martian Spherules

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Photo of the Martian spherules taken by Rover Opportunity © NASA

In 2004, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity had already detected curious blueberry-shaped microscopic formations in the Martian soil. But a much stranger picture was taken by Opportunity at the end of 2012, depicting bigger spherules in larger numbers. Suggested to be made of hematite a possible sign of the past presence of water, scientists are still uncertain of what these things might be.

16 | Naga Fireballs

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Mysterious Naga Fireballs Over The Mekong River, Thailand

Naga Fireballs, sometimes also referred to as the Mekong Lights, or more commonly known as the “Ghost Lights” are the strange natural phenomena with unconfirmed sources seen on the Mekong River in Thailand and Laos. Glowing reddish balls are alleged to naturally rise from the water high into the air. The fireballs are most often reported around the night in late October. There are many who have attempted to scientifically explain the Naga fireballs but none of them has been able to put forth any strong conclusion.

17 | Michael Rockefeller?

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Michael Rockefeller?

Michael Rockefeller was the fifth child of New York Governor and future U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, he was presumed dead in 1961 when he mysteriously disappeared during an expedition in the Asmat region of southwestern Netherlands New Guinea, which is now a part of the Indonesian province of Papua. The above image was captured 8 years later in 1969, of Papuan Cannibals along with a white man. Many believe that the man is Rockefeller who joined the Tribe.

Apart from these, there are few other controversial photos such as the 1970s Bigfoot, 1930s Loch Ness Monster, Google Earth Murder Mystery and etc. that later have been proven to be hoax.