As kids, we all at one time or another looked up to the clouds and swore we saw dragons and elephants and knights in shining armor floating languidly across the blue sky. The human mind has a powerful way of recognizing patterns and placing meaning to them, even if they are totally random and meaningless. It’s called pareidolia, and people are remarkably adept at it because the ability to see faces is instinctual. More modern examples of pareidolia can be seen in the Mars rover pictures. It seems every other day a ghostly woman appears, or a strange floating spoon is spotted, or some other out of place object is found on the Red Planet. The same phenomenon can be witnessed on Google Earth. Ever since the application was launched, armchair sleuths have combed the digital landscape for anomalies. And there are tons of anomalies. Since we are a dry suit manufacturer, we are focusing on the weird things in the water on Google Earth.
The Eye of Quebec
Did you know there’s a giant eye in Canada? No, it’s not Sauron. It’s an ancient impact crater that has been filled with water over the eons, creating a perfectly circular ringed lake called Manicouagan Reservoir. Well, maybe it’s not perfectly round, but it’s pretty darn close to perfect. The lake itself isn’t really all that weird, but its formation and visual presentation is extremely interesting. One of the most stunning aspects of the lake are the rivulets emanating from the center, almost as if they were red capillaries in a bloodshot eye.
Sea Monster in Namibia?
Just off the coast of this African nation, a strange thing was captured on Google Earth. Actually, you can’t see anything but waves of water, but it appears something is just below the surface. At first glance, it even seems as if the water is boiling, giving rise to all kinds of flights of fancy when it comes to identifying exactly what this thing is. Some sort of giant creature? An undocumented marine cryptid? Or is it simply a reef?
1,000 Year Old Fish Trap
Extending almost 300 yards on the sea bed off the British coast, this V-shaped structure was used to catch fish without the need for boats or rods and reels. Experts think it is one of the biggest of its kind, and it was so successful that the use of these types of fish traps was banned in rivers and streams. The only place they were allowed to be used was in the ocean. Ingenious.
Off the coast of Delray Beach, Florida, a monster is plainly observable underneath the surface of the water. At least it appears to be a monster. From the picture, it is difficult to get a scale of the object, but the outline clearly reveals a large, bulbous head/torso region with what look to be tentacle-like projections on the back end. It looks like a giant octopus. Cthulhu, anyone?