An unusual phenomenon was filmed in Florida. A lot of people witnessed seeing a “flying boat”.
Video footage posted to YouTube allegedly shows the phenomenon as seen from Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA.
It was reportedly filmed by a tourist but witnessed by many more people on the beach.
While there have been claims it was a real flying boat, or even an odd-shaped UFO exiting the sea, the truth, as often is, remains likely to be more down to Earth.
Level-headed sceptics said it was not a flying ship but another example of an unusual optical illusion, known as “Fata Morgana.”
Fata Morgana is an optical illusion seen from the land or at sea when light is refracted when it passes through air layers of different densities, due to being heated differently by the Sun.
They are similar to the shimmering often seen over a road on a hot day while driving, and are responsible for the mirages of a water oasis seen by stricken people in deserts.
The refraction of light can cause their to be an apparent gap between the land or sea and the object in question, giving the impression of floating.
On this occasion, the tourist claims to have recorded the footage from the balcony of his house overlooking the beach then uploaded footage to YouTube saying: “I took of a rare Fata Morgana Mirage at Cocoa Beach, FL!”
Some have described the images as eerie amid claims they show a large boat floating above the horizon.
But one UFO buff, well known for leaping to madcap theories over strange pictures and video, rejected the optical illusion theory to the delight of his followers.
Scott C Waring, immediately claimed it was a UFO manned by aliens.
He blogged: “This looks to me like a UFO that has risen out of the water and is hovering over the water.
“UFOs often try to disguise themselves; that is not news to most of us.
“They make themselves look like meteors as they enter the atmosphere. They make themselves look like passenger jets, but morph.
“Now we have evidence that they make themselves look like ships, but they fly. You see, they can play their tricks all they want, but sooner or later they get caught.”
But do we have any evidence?
Mr Waring has divided the UFO community, with many more serious investigators claiming he deliberately leaps to these conclusions to increase views of his blog site.
Other conspiracy theorists claimed the phantom boat was a hologram projected into the air by secretive Government officials.
The “Project Blue Beam” theory claims the so-called Illuminati plan to implement a New World Order on Earth by using holograms to trick us into believing aliens have invaded or Christ has returned.
More wild theories continued with claims the boat could be appearing through a time-space portal from another dimension.
But similar wild claims were made last year when a series of images emerged of floating cities in the sky above China, which were also said to be the effects of fata morgana.
On October 7, 2015, thousands of residents of Foshan in Guangdong province reportedly sighted a “ghostly alien city” of skyscrapers floating in the air. The strange sighting occurred reportedly after thousands in the province of Jiangxi sighted a similar apparition in the sky.
In 2011, residents of Huangshan City in the southern Anhui province also reported sighting structures resembling a city with skyscrapers floating mid-air.
The word “Fata” is derived from the Latin for “fairy,” while “Morgana” refers to the sorceress Morgan le Fey of the King Arthur legend.