Two Formula 1 (F1) fans travelling home from Abu Dhabi appear to have captured what looks like the Grim Reaper on a coach they were travelling in.
Craig Nugent was asleep on the coach when his friend Daniel Dowling snapped a picture of him. They both insist that nobody else was near them at the time the picture was taken.
The phantom appears to be in a hooded cloak with a skeletal face like the Grim Reaper.
The only thing missing was the reaper’s scythe, which of course could have been in its left hand obscured by the curtain.
The warehouse worker from Birmingham had spent a long and tiring day at the Yas Marina stadium and subsequently fell asleep on the way back.
He says that no one else was near them, only Daniel who was taking the picture, and even he was sat down.
He said: “I thought it was a bit of a joke at first. I didn’t see it until we arrived back in the UK and my cousin sent me the picture, I couldn’t believe it.
“I still can’t quite believe it because it really looks like a figure of someone. I just thought what the hell is that?
“It can’t be Daniel in the picture because he was sitting opposite me on the seats which is why you can only see the camera flash.
“The coach wasn’t full at all, there was only a few people on it to be fair.”
The two lads insist there has been no photo trickery or use of sophisticated mobile phone apps, which allow users to choose from a vast array of CGI ghosts, and edit them, or insert their own, before adding them to a normal picture, before fading them to make them appear translucent or blend in.
Paranormal investigators have become increasingly frustrated by the amount of fakedghost pictures doing the rounds online, which are billed as being the real deal.
Specialist Facebook pages have been set up to try to eliminate “ghost app” pictures, but with the growing number of “ghosts” which can be added and the opportunity to edit them, it is becoming increasingly harder.
www.express.co.uk trawled through some of these site to see if Craig and Daniel’s “ghost” could have come from an app.
We found a number of hooded skeletal figures available, including one which was very similar.
But the two maintain no app was used or editing of the image took place.
Craig said: “I did think it was a joke but Daniel promised me that he hadn’t messed with it and I definitely believe him.”
He thinks the creepy figure may have been of a woman with long dark hair instead of a cloak, and tilting her head, like “something from a horror film”.
He added: “It doesn’t hold any relevance, it was just a bit of a shock to this day to see it. I think it’s a coincidence that it looks like that.
“It was my cousin that noticed it first and he text me telling me, then he showed me and it was nothing but shock.”