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Ship caught 'floating' off British coast

  • Published at 02:12 pm March 6th, 2021
Ship floating_DAVID MORRIS-APEX
Photo: Collected DAVID MORRIS/APEX

What David Morris captured with his camera lens wasn't levitation, but a ‘superior mirage’

As strange as it may seem, a Cornwall resident could not believe his eyes when he saw a giant ship seemingly suspended in mid-air over the water.

David Morris took no time to capture the rare sight in a photograph at Cornwall’s Falmouth region, reports BBC.

It wasn't his eyes deceiving him, but a rare weather phenomenon that causes the optical illusion.

BBC News meteorologist David Braine explained that what David Morris 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, the report added.

"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.

He said the illusion is common in the Arctic, but can appear "very rarely" in the UK during winter.

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