“Invisible Mantis Creature” Photographed by Police Officer Sparks Debate

A UFO study group has caused a fair bit of ruckus in Taiwan’s press recently by releasing a photo they say shows a “cloaked alien being” captured at a high altitude mountain lake.

The Taiwan UFOlogy Society (TUFOS) came into possession of the photograph after it was snapped on an iPhone by Chen Yung-huang, a police officer enjoying a weekend hike at Jiaming Lake. After noticing the image contained something that didn’t look quite right, namely that there was a tall, half-invisible man-mantis creature lurking in the photo, he sent the picture off to Huang Chao-ming, the head of TUFOS, for an opinion. Huang then spent an entire year having photography, cellular technology, and image forensics experts check the photo out. So far, no one has been able to come to a conclusive explanation for the strange creature, with guesses ranging everywhere from faulty flash memory to invaders from outer space.

Chien Jung-ta, one of the photo experts consulted about the image doesn’t believe it has been edited in any way, pointing out the double exposure lines around the “alien”, indicating the phone was probably in motion when the photo was taken. This means that something was indeed standing on the mountain’s ridge.. the question is just who.. or what?

You can check out the segment on the creature that aired on Taiwan’s local news below. Don’t worry, you don’t need to speak the language to get the gist of it.


For more details on the mystery of the mantis alien, you can head over to the Taipei Times.

Greg Newkirk

Greg Newkirk

Editor-In-Chief at Week In Weird
Investigative filmmaker, professional monster chaser, and unapologetic mystery monger, Greg is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Week In Weird. When he's not occupied by chasing down the world’s most iconic mysteries as one half of the investigative duo Planet Weird, he acts as the ‘weird travel’ expert and head of video production for Roadtrippers. You can catch Greg in the special 2-hour episode of Finding Bigfoot, premiering March 31 at 9PM PST.
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  1. David

    01/04/2013 at 8:53 AM

    Looks like a juddery exposure of a man in a hat carrying a pair of sandals to me.

  2. Cherie

    01/08/2013 at 11:48 AM

    My question, after viewing both the Taipei article and seeing the video:
    Why does there appear to be a ‘shadow’ behind and to the right of the figure? There shouldn’t be unless there was something besides space behind it.
    I also concur with David; the individual certainly looks to me as if it were carrying some objects. There are numerous types of headgear that create non-human-head-shaped silhouettes. Also (leaving aside the many ‘AMAZING!!!!’ stories that come out of Asia)I think this would be easily debunked, but I don’t care enough to do anything beyond point out what seems to be obvious.

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