Ghost Photo: Pearl Harbor Face

ghost photo pearl harborOn December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack that claimed nearly 2,500 American lives. Over 1,000 of those men died aboard the USS Arizona and many of the victims’ bodies could not be recovered.

Just under 60 years later, in September 2011, an Australian woman named Susan De Vanny visited the USS Arizona Memorial and snapped the photo on the right. The memorial sits just above the sunken Arizona, and De Vanny believes the pic might show the anguished spirit of a soldier who died in the infamous attack.

“It just looked really sad, really sad and young,” De Vanny said. “The face, to me looked young, which I don’t know if it represents the men at that time who perished.”

Mysterious Universe reported on the pic soon after its release, and a reader commented with this chilling tale:

I visited the USS Arizona memorial last June. I was watching the balls of oil float up and watched as they spread across the water’s surface; as in the picture in the article.

Next to me was a little girl, perhaps four or five years old, babbling away. I wasn’t listening to her, but as I stood up, the girl’s mother took her by the hand and asked ‘Who are you talking to?’ The little girl pointed to the water where I had been watching and said “Him. . .the man down there.” The mother was puzzled and looked to the water. The mother apparently decided that she wasn’t going to pursue this weirdness and led her away. The little girl tugged against her mom’s pull and was whining that she wanted to talk to the man in the water.”

Skeptics say the “ghost face” is nothing more than a startling illusion, pareidolia if you will. What do you believe?

See Also: “The Face in the Water