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We Examined That Infamous Google Earth “Kraken” Image — and We Know What It Is

Last week, one of the most-shared “weird news” articles to make the rounds is the latest of several “Google Earth Mysteries” — a strange and entertaining phenomenon that practically deserves its own category of viral legend.

This one caught fire after being shared by popular UFO conspiracy theorist Scott Waring, who highlighted and enhanced a satellite image off the Antarctic coast that seemed to depict some kind of massive solitary shape… an object too large to be any kind of vessel or other artificial structure.

Image Credit: Google Earth
Image Credit: Google Earth

Take a peek for yourself — just input the following coordinates on Google Earth: 63° 2’56.73″S by 60°57’32.38″W.

Multiple news outlets picked up the story immediately, igniting rumors that the image depicted a gigantic squid-like creature, which users promptly dubbed a “Kraken.”

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Well, I hate to be a party-pooper, but experts have weighed in on the whole “Kraken” mystery… and managed to solve it pretty quickly.


The object in the satellite image corresponds exactly with the coordinates of Sail Rock, which is basically the tip of a gigantic subsurface ridge of volcanic material, extending nearly 100 feet above the water’s surface.

Sail Rock is part of the South Shetland Islands, which are among the most remote land masses on the planet.


That’s pretty cool in itself… but probably not proof of a Cthulhu-sized squid beast. Sorry.

Apart from the Antarctic itself, the largest land mass in the vicinity of Sail Rock is called “Deception Island” — which kind of tells you all you need to know about the whole Kraken rumor.