Bemused Scot captures amazing optical illusion showing boat appearing to float in sky


A BEMUSED Scot has captured an amazing optical illusion showing a large boat appearing to float across the sky.

Colin McCallum spotted the red “floating vessel” on the horizon as he travelled through Banff, Aberdeenshire on Friday.

Due to the similar colouring of the sea and sky, the large vessel appears to be sitting amongst the clouds.

The keel of the ship is out of view and teamed up with the low lying clouds it appears difficult to see where the water ends and the clear blue skies begin.

Shocked by the sighting, 23-year-old Colin videoed the illusion in motion as he passed by.

The health and safety worker from Turriff, Aberdeenshire shared the clip and his images onto Facebook later on that day, writing: “Saw a real life optical illusion in Banff today.”

Subsequent pictures also captured by Colin show the boat high amongst the clouds.

Colin captioned over his video: “Floating boat.”

Since Colin shared his picture onto Facebook, social media users have been left stumped by the footage.

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Colin managed to capture the picture while driving through Banff.

Gabrielle Jamie Simpson said: “I genuinely can’t understand what is going on here.”

Ian Archibald posted: “That’s brilliant.”

Joe Anne McCallum commented: “Freaky as f*** that.”

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The ship appears to float well above the sea in the amazing footage.

Speaking today Colin said: “When I first saw the boat, I had to do a double take because I genuinely thought it was floating.

“Upon further inspection, however, I noticed that it was in fact just a remarkable optical illusion.”

Speaking today, Colin said: “It was caused by a cloud formation closer to the shore which changed the colour of the water closer to the land.

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Facebook users expressed their shock at the pictures.

“The boat, being further away, was in a cloudless area and therefore the sky reflected the sea- making it look like the boat was floating.”