Google Earth users have noticed a strange dark mass in the middle of Vostok Island – and something doesn’t seem quite right about it.
The image was posted to Reddit where it has been met with lots of speculation.
Some are even suggesting that Google Earth is purposely censoring the mysterious island because it is a secret military base.
“Looks censored for some reason,” commented KorvisKhan.
Added another: “My first thought was that it’s censored. It wouldn’t make sense for a natural formation to be black like that in such a shallow, small atoll/island.”
Others thought the unusual find was more comical than concerning.
“Scrolling past I thought it was a hole in a leather seat,” joked one user.
Another described the triangular void as “God’s guitar pick”.
But there is a very reasonable explanation for why the mystery island looks the way it does on Google Earth.
“It’s an island called Vostok Island that belongs to the glorious Republic of Kiribati, what you see as black is actually very dark green, it’s a very dense forest made up of Pisonia trees,” user SatisfactionAny20 explained.
Well, that put all the conspiracy theorists to bed rather quickly.
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