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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:26 am    Post subject: Strange something on Google Maps? Reply with quote

This is a story featured on the UK's Daily Mail's website and features an image from Google Maps showing a large finned something or other in the Albert Dock in Liverpool.

Out of place Basking Shark or something else?.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1339734/Merseyside-Jaws-Is-monster-shark-lurking-Liverpools-Albert-dock.html

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it looks big what ever it is!
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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

flossy wrote:
it looks big what ever it is!


That's true Flossy, probably 30-40ft. It's vaguely shark/fish shaped.
Sharks and whales are not uncommon in UK waters and whales occasionally beach themselves or swim up our rivers - there was one in the Thames a few years ago.

I don't think it's a living (or dead) creature though.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go with a shark....possibly a Greenland shark.
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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO this is not a fish or indeed living creature of any kind. Quite simply it's the wash/wakes from a small boat or dinghy - possibly from the nearby Yachts. The shutter speed on the camera has captured the wake in the split second that it just happened to vaguely resemble a living creature (from above only) - the human mind and pareidolia do the rest.

Isn't it unusual that nobody on the Dock, or in the boats or security cameras saw this huge creature?. The Albert Dock is not exactly a quiet backwater and it will have considerable CCTV security which will have filmed the dinghy - but there would be nothing unusual in that. Only when photographed from above at just the right moment does it become something that it's not.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D B Sweeney wrote:
IMO this is not a fish or indeed living creature of any kind. Quite simply it's the wash/wakes from a small boat or dinghy - possibly from the nearby Yachts. The shutter speed on the camera has captured the wake in the split second that it just happened to vaguely resemble a living creature (from above only) - the human mind and pareidolia do the rest.

Isn't it unusual that nobody on the Dock, or in the boats or security cameras saw this huge creature?. The Albert Dock is not exactly a quiet backwater and it will have considerable CCTV security which will have filmed the dinghy - but there would be nothing unusual in that. Only when photographed from above at just the right moment does it become something that it's not.

DB


If it is a wake...where is the craft that made it? In these
areas there usually is a "no wake zone".

Just something to think about.

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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The boat/dinghy is in shadow and is probably of the rigid inflatable hull type which tends to be dark in colour unless it's used in sea rescue.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm.. a little late for an opinion, I am thinking some sort of giant squid..
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YB wrote:
Hmm.. a little late for an opinion, I am thinking some sort of giant squid..


That is a possibility.
We have caught squid 6 to 7 feet long in the Sea of Cortez.

The fishermen were telling us that they have seen them longer
than the ones we caught.

Scary!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, it is never to late for an opinion. Very Happy
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