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By on July 1, 2006, with 39 Comments

Althea Dunlop submitted this optical illusion today. It’s another Google Earth layer mismatch that gives you impression of a haunted ghost ship materializing from nothing. This illusion appears somwhere at cost shore of Cuba. For asignment, try to find it using Google Maps and post the original link in comments. I love it! For more Gogle Earth illusions check the sidebar. Thanks Althea for wonderfull submission!

Cuban Ghost Ship Illusion


39 Responses
  1. Pythor says:

    That’s pretty easy, the Lat/Long is right in the picture. Here’s a Google Maps link:

  2. Archie411 says:

    Nice locating it Pythor
    Really nice really nice

    They zoomed it so we cant tell the deiffrence

  3. Lucilu says:

    it’s not that great…

  4. meeow =^_^= says:


  5. matt says:

    what are the coordinates?

  6. 156145 says:

    what r the coordinates

  7. laaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh says:

    What r the coordinates? Respond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. dodedo says:

    i clicked on the link that pythor gave us, but there’s no picture!

    I used the coordinates on google world, and nothing’s there….

  9. Anonymous says:

    most of the google stuff is updated time to time and the ship is no longer there….

  10. BoomTssPhace says:

    …silly people…Okay, google earth (or googlemaps, whatever) uses satelites to take different small pictures of an area and then blur them together to make the big picture that you see. Obviously half of the boat was captured in one picture, and in the picture next to it, it had cruised away by then…

    This can also be seen by the different shades in water. The sattelite moved to take the next picture and the sun reflected off of the water at a different angle.

  11. Anonymous says:

    yea, i followd pythor’s link. i didnt dee anything, but if u go to thre right a bit, u will notice a small white dot. Zoom into it. Look like a squid thingy 2 u ?

  12. Anonymous says:

    woah. its not there anymore. srry ppls

  13. money says:

    Google Earth is getting become more popular and very interseting now

  14. dusty says:

    23.153186N 82.446883W
    right off of the coast of habana.

  15. Anonymous says:

    it’s cool lookin’ but how do you know the ship isn’t just sinking??

  16. Spinner says:

    To go along with the same idea, here is one of the dissapearing bridge. This is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia. If you zoom in far enough, the bridge seems to just fade away…

    Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

  17. Politikally Paranoid says:

    I don’t understand wut this is about…I looked at the link, but the ship wasn’t there…is it just in the coordinates? Is it fake? I’m so stupid.

  18. Anonymous says:

    i went to the link that spinner left and if i’m looking in the right place, the bridge just disappears because it becomes a tunnel, hence the name “chesapeake bay bridge-TUNNEL” thats what i think unless he was referring to the east end of it, it looks wierd over there, but certainly doesn’t disappear.

  19. Jeff says:

    ok to go along with what spinner said, ive been throught that tunnel and yes its a tunnel soidk what your talking about but there is no dissapearence i see

  20. Anonymous says:

    Hey #10 you have way to much time on you hands to try and figur that out its just a crapy built boat that is sinking, that tolk me like 10 sec. to get that

  21. Anonymous says:

    i think that one picture was taken at one time and another one at a later date, nothing special, it’s just two pictures merged together.

  22. amelia says:

    its a ship in the water lol

  23. Anonymous says:

    there is no illusion the only thing i saw was a weird white thingamajigee

  24. marco says:

    its not special its just because while they were taking pictures they caught half the boat and the next picture it was gone because it was moving so half is there and the other is not.

  25. Anomynous says:


  26. llonkyram1 says:

    abandon ship….!

  27. Anonymous says:


  28. BigShot says:

    I’ve just heard about this now, went to take a look but as others have said, the ship has gone.

    Maybe it really was a ghost ship though. When I zoomed in to take a look, I got the eye altitude down really low and fell through the planet. After tumbling for a while I emerged 625 Nautical Miles south of Rockall in the West European Basin, roughly 47-and-some-change North and 13-and-a-bit West.

    It gave me a bit of a giggle anyway. ;)

  29. Ginger says:

    wow XD illusions are so funny!

  30. u bum says:

    ghost ship it luks lik its under water dont u

  31. seye says:

    it is quite clear(or maybe im wrong)dat it is a 2 in 1 merged pic as the water at the left of the pic is more agitated bluer and brighter than the water to the right oof the pic

  32. Mekayla_Butler says:

    Either a ghost ship , or its sinking :) just saying

  33. That is,without doubt,the worst attempt at an illusion I have ever seen.

  34. Vincent says:

    It’s stitching problem

  35. wesley says:

    i think its the penguins doing just a guess (this is a batman refrence for all none nerds )

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