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What’s Up With This ‘Hollow Island’ Spotted on Google Maps?

by Kati Michelle
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Google Maps users have spotted some pretty bizarre things over the years. From people wiping out on the ice to potential sea monster sightings, there’s no shortage of entertainment here, folks. One user just took to the Reddit platform to share their own findings and people are left seriously confused.

Did they just unlock the island of “Lost?” Or the real-life “Jurassic Park?” Whatever the actual answer is here, something’s up for sure. We’ll let you take a look at the photo down below to decide for yourself. Is this indicative of a simple design fluke or is there something else going on?

Reddit Users Try to Parse Out Answers

Reddit user “kokoblocks” found the geographical wonder while perusing Google Maps and wanted to get a second opinion. So, they screenshotted the photo and uploaded it to the internet, asking others to provide their take on the situation.

Here’s the photo.

The original poster did not provide the coordinates of their search or how exactly they stumbled upon the landmass. Users in the comments plainly just don’t know what to make of it or even what they’re looking at. They debate: Is it a peninsula or island? Something else entirely?

Of course, these conversations fall under semantics. And at the end of the day, that’s not really why people find interest in the image. Everyone wants to know what that pitch-black pit of Hell in the middle is. While most users admit that they’re clueless, user “goldenstar365” reassures everyone that they’re confident in their answer:

“Ok, so the real answer is the blue color around the island is a painted-in color so the oceans look uniform in the maps. Islands are added by erasing some of that blue to let the satellite image show through. Sometimes they do a sloppy job. So what you are seeing moving inward is: artificial ocean color, real ocean with waves, beach, island. As for the shape, idk man islands come in all shapes and sizes I don’t discriminate.”

Others aren’t so sure. Several people back up “Jazzlike_Log_709” who argues that censorship is at play. “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.”

More About Mysterious Google Maps Finds

Without Google’s official comments on the situation, it’s hard to know for sure what we’re seeing. One thing that remains true, however, is that Google Maps actually does censor a portion of their satellite images. In fact, some areas are completely blacked out and impossible to see, according to The Travel. This is usually the case with military bases for their safety, but some natural areas have also been mysteriously affected by censorship.

This video details 10 places currently inaccessible to Google Maps users: