Shades are often described by eyewitnesses as slender, spectral beings with large heads and white eyes, and are comprised of dark dead flesh. They have small mouths as well as noses, or more or less nostrils like that of a lizard or a snake. Their bodies are tall and skinny as well as their fingers which are usually described as having larger tips on the ends of their fingers. Their muscles appear very weak, as being in the ether for so long can deprive shades of oxygen which causes them to lose muscle mass as well as change the color of their skin. If shades once appeared like humans as some theories say, their skin is most likely dark because it is deprived of oxygen.