Reports of a sea monster spotted on Google Earth drew a flurry of attention online, but turned out to be just a rock.
"I think we found the Kraken," Scott Waring posted on UFO Sightings Daily
on June 15. The post included a Google Earth image showing something in the sea near Deception Island near Antarctica overlaid with images of a mythical squid-like creature for comparison.
The image also drew attention and more than 1.7 million views in a YouTube video posted in April by user wowforreel, which describes itself as "NOT a "serious" UFO channel! … Relax and have some fun."
The sea monster theorists said the 100-foot object looked like a Plesiosaur fin, a reptile from the Jurassic Period.
But, as CNET pointed out
, "There's one big problem with the Plesiosaur theory for the shape seen on Google Earth: Plesiosaurs are extremely extinct."
The Daily Mail also picked up on
the curious image, which led to a response on Southern Fried Science
by biologist Andrew David Thaler.
"Google maps is full of weird things," Thaler wrote. "The planet is full of weird things. Weird things are awesome."
But, the scientist went on to explain, that the disturbance is a "well-mapped outcropping" known as Sail Rock.
"Sorry, folks, it ain’t a 120 meter long Kraken or an Underwater UFO. It’s a rock," Thaler wrote.
Many Twitter users reacted to both the sea monster theory and its debunking.
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