A set of Arctic UFO images from 1971 have set conspiracy forums ablaze.
The images are believed to have been taken from the USS Trepang SSN 674 submarine as it travelled between Iceland and Norway’s Jan Mayen Island.
A number of UFO hunters say the photographs are evidence of secret US aircraft tests, while others claim they are alien ships looking for places to drill for oil.
Alex Mistretta, a paranormal investigator, studied the images after they first appeared in French paranormal magazine Top Secret, according to the Black Vault.
Mistretta claims sources told him the pictures were taken from the US submarine, with the admiral on board at the time said to be Dean Reynolds.
Official records seem to back up this claim, but the information is so readily available that some have said this doesn’t prove the validity of the images.
An inscription on one of the pictures reads: ‘Official Photograph. Not to be Released. CT’
Another reads: ‘Unauthorized Disclosure Subject. Security Certificat (sic) SSN 674. Criminal Sanction.’
Online commenter Bill Smillie suggested all the images may of a single object that has the ability to shape-shift, according to a report in the Express.
Rob Whitford added: ‘Makes sense I still put money on fracking connected to them.’
‘They are an odd selection of pictures that feature types of UFOs that have been regularly spotted by witnesses in all parts of the world,’ said Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual.
‘Airship or cigar-shaped type craft have been reported since 1896 when there was a great wave of ‘phantom airship’ sightings thoughout the USA.’
Watson notes how explorer Benjamin Trueblood found this when he when on a polar expedition in 1908, the Eskimos he met were eager to talk about sighting an airship.
‘I’m not sure about their authenticity,’ said Watson.
‘They have certainly got UFO researchers scratching their heads and wondering and speculating that UFOs have a base in the Arctic regions.’