A redditor playing on Google Maps have come across a mysterious black hole in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and no one can agree on exactly what it is.
Reddit user kokoblocks posted a photo of a mysterious anomaly on Google Maps subreddit and asked the community, “What the hell is this? It doesn’t look like an island.”
According to Insider, some users have submitted suggestions, which ranged from tongue in cheek to genuine guesses.
“Of course, the entrance to the Hollow Earth. Duh,” one user replied, referring to the Hollow Earth theory that the Earth is hollow. Others had the opportunity to answer the original poster question with a rather clever pun. “No, it’s not. It’s not an atoll.”
Other users just felt cheeky, “It’s a peninsula because it’s surrounded by water on three sides.” Another user help-fully suggested.
But what the picture accurately shows is that we got a true sincere answer.
“It looks like it’s being censored for some reason,” 1 user said with other users concurring. “My first thought was that it was censored,” another user replied. “It doesn’t make sense that the formation of nature is so black on such a shallow, small atoll / island.”
Google Maps, which blurs sensitive sites like military bases, is a fairly standard method, and air force bases on Pacific islands are not entirely un-heard of.
Others sought a more natural explanation, including volcanic rocks.
Black hole in ocean actually does have an explanation. It’s Island of Vostok, hundreds of miles south of Hawaii. The island looks pitch black when viewed from above, but when you zoom in it starts to clear up a bit.
“What you see as black is actually a very dark green, which is a very dense forest of pisonia trees,” explained one Redditor. It’s not as exciting as the entrance to interior of Earth, but it was enough to awaken at some Redditors late into the night.