Photographer David Morris said he was “very surprised and confused” before Optical error and illusion But he admitted he had seen something similar before, according to ITV UK.
The ship appeared to be floating due to the similar color of the distant sky and sea, according to him ITV.
“The superior mirage is caused by a weather condition known as temperature inversion, in which cold air falls near the sea with warmer air above it,” BBC Meteorologist David Breen said.
The mirage appears due to “special weather conditions that bend the light,” he said, adding that this phenomenon is common in the Arctic but sometimes occurs in the United Kingdom.
“Since cold air is denser than warm air, it directs light toward the eyes of a person standing on the ground or on the coast, and changes the shape of a distant object,” he said.
Last week, another man in Scotland snapped a photo of a ship that appeared to sail through the sky.
“I saw a real optical illusion in Banff today,” Colin McCallum wrote in a Facebook post about his photo off the coast of Aberdeen in northern Scotland.
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