Video showing a large ship floating above the ocean on the horizon was posted to YouTube, and picked up by many sites, from the paranormal to the mainstream. The person who uploaded the video titled it "Rare Fata Morgana Mirage!" A Fata Morgana Mirage is essentially when light gets distorted and bends so much that it projects a real image, but onto the wrong place. Sailors have lost their lives thanks to this deceptive trick of nature.
Despite the video title, and known scientific phenomenon, many people still speculate this could actually be a UFO and not a mirage:
Snapchat I took of a rare Fata Morgana Mirage at Cocoa Beach, FL!
Here's another similar video showing the same optical illusion:
In October 2015, the Internet was astir with a video that seemed to show a city floating above the Guangdong province of China. Scientists explained this sighting as a "fata morgana" mirage as well:
In order to determine if people are seeing UFOs or mirages, it's helpful to compare to video that more clearly shows a Fata Morgana image of a small island in the distance. In the video below, the optical illusion is much more apparent:
Do you think the video from Cocoa Beach, or China for that matter, is an example of Fata Morgana? Or do you think something else is going on? Chime away in the comments or on the Facebook page.
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