Hovering Boat Optical Illusion

I was looking through some of the optical illusions that I have yet to share and I came across this optical illusion and it stuck out to me in a big way. This is an absolutely amazing effect and I definitely think it will serve as a bit of a brain teaser for all of you and I know how much you all enjoy the brain teasers that I post up. This picture is known as the “Hovering Boat Optical Illusion,” and I definitely think that you are all going to really enjoy this one. Scroll down to check it out!

Hovering Boat Optical Illusion

As you can see in the image above, it looks as if the boat is actually hovering in mid air, rather than floating on the water. So, I have to ask you: Is this boat actually floating on water or is this a clever photoshop effect that makes it seem as if the boat is hovering in the air? Leave you guess in the comments section below and let us know what you think. If you enjoyed this image, you should leave a rating for this post, so I know that you’re happy with the optical illusions that I’m putting up on the site.

13 Replies to “Hovering Boat Optical Illusion”

  1. There are many places where the water is clear enough to take a picture like this; I’ve even been to a couple of them, in Hawaii.

  2. It seems that boat is not really hovering as we can see that there is no man driving it. The man onboard is facing backward. So, I think it was just made using Photoshop.

  3. This is actually real, not floating. I’ve seen it before on very calm lakes. If you look beside the shadow of the boat, you can see the shadow reflections of the ripples on the water. It does take conditions being just right in order to see it, but it does happen.

  4. Excellent. I think the boat must be floating in shallower almost transparent water. Where the water goes a deeper blue, i htink it suddenly gets a lot deeper.

  5. It’s a combination of very clear water and a circular polarising filter on the camera. The filter cuts out the glare from the surface of the water and enhances its clarity.

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