Looking to fill your day with a teeny, tiny mystery? Well then, Robert Morton, a 55-year-old dad from South Yorkshire, England has one for you.
Morton, a Google Earth enthusiast, brought an odd finding to The Mirror. While cruising around on the app he was perplexed to find an image that looked to be an airplane underwater just off the coast of Edinburgh.
Of the finding, Morton told The Mirror it was "incredible and very strange.”
"I was just looking on Google Earth on Monday and, by chance, I came across the picture of the aircraft,” he said. "It looks like it is the sea, just off the coast of Edinburgh. It looks like it is underwater.”
Indeed, the image does look like an aircraft, spotted less than 0.7 miles off the Scottish coast, is underwater. But, Morton is also the first to admit it could just be a glitch.
"I have never heard of any aircraft crashing leaving Edinburgh or that area,” he said. "I know the picture of the plane isn't really in the water, it’s probably the satellite looking down on it through thin cloud giving it that appearance. I thought it was unusual as I've not seen an aircraft in flight captured by Google Earth before. It may just be another Google anomaly."
Google itself also provided a plausible explanation, sharing with The Mirror, "The reason it looks like the plane is underwater is because each satellite image you see on the map is actually a compilation of several images. Fast-moving objects, like planes, often show up in only one of the many images we use for a given area. When this happens, faint remnants of the fast-moving object can sometimes be seen."
Though capturing a plane in flight on Google Earth is a rare event, it has been done before. In 2017, another user found one flying over England. Still, it’s certainly a tough object to spot, so kudos to Morton for doing all the hard work for us.