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By on April 14, 2009, with 75 Comments

“The captain’s pig fell overboard and swam with all his might, until the shark came gliding up, and put him out of sight.” I think this line perfectly explains the following optical illusion. When you look at the illusion for the first time, you instantly see our little pig swimming in water. But where is the shark? Can you find it? I can guarantee you that the shark is hidden somewhere inside this pic. If you still can’t find it, remember our multiple meaning illusions. Here is another hint. If all this didn’t help, jump inside the article, and you’ll see the solution image below the pig one.

Captains Pig Optical Illusion
Captains Pig Optical Illusion


75 Responses
  1. Matt says:

    It took me a bit to see the shark, but very cool!

    • SAM1CH says:


      AN OWL!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Now that is what I call awesome. Would be interested if the artist meant to make it or if it was a happy accident.

  3. Anonymous says:

    you know that cherry coke uh… it comes in diet now

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Anna says:

    I luv this kind of illusion!! great thing!

  6. THE says:

    remove the 2nd image,
    if not it’s too obvious…

    A mistake? ?___________?

  7. Anonymous says:

    thats cool, yeah i like it, and i like anna, if u know what i mean

  8. Anonymous says:

    It is a shark swimming on his back.

  9. scottt says:

    it does not look anything like a shark… whats with the flabby fins?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see the shark, can someone please leave a hint?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I couldnt find the shark for the longest time. After finding it, I am having a hard time seeing it in the first picture without tilting my head to an extreme angle.

    I found it also by focusing on the nose (in the bottom picture, of course).

    These are incredible illusions, and as anon #2 asked, I would surprised if this was a mere “coincidence”.

    I see the bottom picture as a view FROM the ocean floor, looking up to the surface of the water. It makes more “sense” that way, because otherwise this shark is doing the backstroke on top of the sea. lol

    I like this a lot!

  12. Anonymous says:

    It look likes a pig, but i also seems a shark swimming on his back.

  13. Anonymous says:

    heres a hint.

    if you don’t see the shark in the second picture, don’t think of it as looking down on the shark. think of it as looking up at the shark’s bellie.

  14. oversword says:

    that’s a good one. what happened to the shark’s tail :P

  15. Chris says:

    It’s not a shark swimming on it’s back, its the view of a shark from underwater.
    (The second one that is)

    pretty cool :)

  16. iowa says:

    I actually saw an upsidedown shark and was confused… Then read the title and found the pig :)

  17. da 'Vidd says:

    Though cant see a shark, I can see the greek orthodox priest changing a lightbulb. Shark?! isnt it a seahorse….and where is the pig suppose to be?

  18. Anonymous says:

    shark is like nemo, tiny fins….anyways heres a little somethign lol: 98% of teens would be dead if Twilight said breathing wasn’t cool. Post this if you are apart of the 2% laughing.

  19. R.C. says:

    This is from a very cool book i had as a child called Topsy Turvy, with rhymes that went with a flipping picture ,like this one. Very nice!

  20. Anonymous says:

    If you look closely they are both the shark shown from underside ,the top picture is just the bottom flipped upsidedown

  21. detective kitty says:

    very cool very cool

  22. CareBear says:

    Can I get fries and tartar sauce with that?

  23. Anonymous says:

    I never seen swimming pigs!!! anyone yes?, very cool optical illusion! O.o

  24. Patricia Ann says:

    The best yet! Keep um comming!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Never seen a pig with ears that big or a shark with pectoral fins that small but it works if you neglect such trivial matters.

  26. Anonymous says:

    A handicapped shark, that is!

  27. Anonymous says:

    The shark, the 2nd pig, is seen from an underwater view, looking up. If you were scuba diving and looked up, you’d see this view…the belly and fins of the shark. Nicely done.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Hey pretty cool illusion.


    And on the second image, the little line which was the pig’s eyes, is the sharks mouth. This is just a hint………

  29. 13 says:

    Well, see the pigs ‘eyes’ that is actually the shark’s mouth. just keep looking at it and it’ll pop up :)

  30. Anonymous says:

    the shark is shown from an underwater view.

  31. Shannon says:

    For 12. Anonymous: the pig’s ears are the shark’s fins, the pig’s eyes are the shark’s mouth, and the pigs mouth is the shark’s eyes. You are looking at the underneath of the shark as if you were swimming under it. The shark’s tail fin is not visible. I hope this helps.
    Yes, cool illusion. It took someone else to point it out to
    me also.

  32. Adi says:

    you have to imagine that ur seeing the shark for underneath sort of view…
    the ears are the fins, the eyes is the mouth, the mouth is the eyes.
    once u see it… its NUTS.
    okay not THAT nuts… but still pretty cool lol

  33. Anonymous says:

    look at bottom pic

  34. Anonymous says:

    its a very cool picture this site is the best for illusions

  35. Anonymous says:

    A shark swims underwater, the pig above…

  36. Anonymous says:

    got it! the pig is an upside down shark!! pig eyes = shark mouth…

  37. Anonymous says:

    I did notice the original picture’s pig looked a little vicious at times… it’s mouth, it’s eyes… and I thought the ears looked suspicious. But I just don’t know about this illusion. I don’t think even the answer pops out very much. And the fins are weird.

  38. Matthew says:

    Why don’t you put the solution on a “click here to see the solution” kind of link. Having it directly under the original image ruins the fun…

  39. Mizz Narnia ..x..x..x..x.. says:

    the first thing i saw was the upsidedown shark! when i read the title, i couldnt find the pig, well, i did have it on the widget so i never read the meaning but then i saw the pig!

    p.s. comment NO #3 is so random!

  40. Chos says:

    Looks like a dolphin, I think. Greats from Mexico!

  41. analphabet118 says:

    i acctually saw the shark before i read the post… and though i realised it was also another animal my mind didnt think of a pig before i read it… cool illusion

  42. ScrOuch says:

    Wow, that’s cool….but to be honest:
    Could’nt see the Shark on the pig-pic (hehe)
    this is really not easy and i agree the pre-posts, that it looks like a mistake somehow ^^

  43. Hermin says:

    THIS IS SOOOOO COOOL!!!!!! Best illusion I have ever seen on this site, and I have been with moillusions for centuries. Now that’s sayin’ something!

  44. Anonymous says:

    can I be honest….

    that’s a very crap drawing. it doesnt look much like a pig, and it’s an even worse drawing of a shark.

    I’ve seen alot better “turn it round an it looks like something else” types of illusions….

    this one just isnt drawn that well at all.

    also, as pointed out, sharks fins just do not look like that.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I saw a smaller thumbnail of the pic which zoomed in on the head of the pig/shark and first thought it was a shark floating upsidedown, then opened the whole picture and saw the pig. Very cool.

  46. Debolina Mukherjee says:

    this is kind of lame . we’ve seen better images

    btw , is this the last comment?

  47. Michelle says:

    omg that is sooo cool

  48. Tiara says:

    oh okay okay I see it…cool

  49. Pancakes says:

    The pig i the shark upside down

  50. Pheonix says:

    I CANT SEE IT! even if you tell me an obvious hint…argh

  51. sam says:

    i still dont see it can someone exspane it?

    • Someone says:

      Pig and a dolphin or something, I think…

    • Lucie says:

      well if you see the lines that is between the eyes of the pig, that is the mouth of the shark in the next pic. Then the ears of the pig are the fins of the shark.


  52. sam says:

    oh ok i can see it now



  54. Steve says:

    the shark is jumping with its back towards the water, it’s the actual pig backwards.

  55. javacuzi says:

    its a shark upside down

  56. William says:

    on the upside down one you need to look at the ears as fins and youll see the shark

  57. tom says:

    ur all being so dumb, its a shark from u underwater if you turn it upside down, or a pig if swimming if you look at it from the top!! gawd!!!!

  58. me says:

    all i see is a shark…. HELP!!

  59. poop says:

    a pig is ontop of the water and the shark is underwater dumb people. Anyways ithink that this illusion is awesome!! <3 bye

  60. M@$t3r 11Lus10ns says:


  61. its just like the frog or a horse

  62. alicia says:

    its a pig then its a shark p.s im 9 and i love illusions

  63. Erin says:

    The ears of the pig turn into the fins of the shark <3

  64. Enticing Beauties says:

    I See The Shark Is The Pig Swimming Upside Down

  65. kylered says:

    not dolphin its a SHARK saw underwater….

  66. HaloDUDE80 says:

    first pic : pig
    second pic : shark
    if u dont know y, just look at lucies comment ( its the second reply 2 sams comment)

  67. A says:

    poor piggie :(

  68. RAT says:

    okay, NOW i see the shark

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