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.

  • Dian

    This is a great photo. Kudos to the photographer to notice the effect and take the picture at the right angle to enhance it.

  • Jteague

    Missing water line. Photoshopped.

  • donnaflagg

    that water is so clear it gives the illusion that the boat is hovering

  • Fritz G

    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.

  • John Elliott

    I think the boat is floating in very clear, still water. The waterline is not visible in the photo.

  • FX Jiwanto

    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.

  • Tyeise

    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.

  • kawodi

    ****ing clear water, I guess. Great illusion.

  • DeeCee

    The boat is floating on very clear water which allows us to see the shadow underneath

  • Rick M

    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.

  • khendar

    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.

  • Rabbit

    Real. Clear water. Caribbean island I think. Very clear, creates the illusion of floating.

  • Kuldeep Kumar

    So clear water :)

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