PHOTO: Giant ship appears to float in the air over the water

By , WWJ Newsradio 950

There are some weird things floating around the internet, but this photo you are about to see will take the cake.

A three-legged bird? Nope, but good guess. Rather, it's a ship that appears to be floating in the air over a sea in southwest England.

What the heck is going on here?

According to, BBC News meteorologist David Braine explained that what David Morris (the photographer) had captured with his camera lens wasn't levitation, but a "superior mirage," caused by conditions more typical in the frigid arctic than off the English coast.

"Superior mirages occur because of the weather condition known as a temperature inversion, where cold air lies close to the sea with warmer air above it," Braine said. "Since cold air is denser than warm air, it bends light towards the eyes of someone standing on the ground or on the coast, changing how a distant object appears."

Braine added: “Superior mirages can produce a few different types of images – here a distant ship appears to float high above its actual position, but sometimes an object below the horizon can become visible.”

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