Next time you’re soaking up some rays on the beach, remember that Google could be watching – and you might be surprised at what it sees.
The search giant’s Street View service, which is part of Google Maps, uses 360-degree cameras to capture panoramic views from positions along many roads in the world.
These so-called “photo spheres”, allow users to choose any location on a map and see what they would see if they were standing in that spot.
Generally this is a good way to check out landmarks or scope out a local area before going on holiday or buying a house.
However, digital artist Kyle F. Williams has spotted a number of strange figures in some of Google’s photo spheres, taken on beaches around the world.
From dismembered body parts to Picassoesque contorted figures, some of these pictures are the stuff of nightmares and zombie movies.
Some of the people in the photos even appear to be fading into the background – like something out of Back to the Future .
Rest assured, these are not actually evidence of horrific crimes and black magic. They are created when the subject of the photo is moving as the 360-degree photo is taken.
However, they make for some pretty compelling images.