Floating man - Swim pontoon

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By TexasAndroid @ 2005-06-27 10:20:34
Got this one from Slashdot. Appears to be a large humanoid figure floating in the harbor. Very strange.
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@ 2005-07-10 22:18:12
Weird photo glitch right by it too. But that man is definately odd. Looks like a lego dude.
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@ 2005-07-11 15:16:50
well, it's gone now. but i'd say giant kite or macy's day parade-ish baloon.
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@ 2005-07-12 14:50:03
Oh yeah... a man that is bigger than the cars... or the boats.. of course. No! It seems a doll (plastic, perhaps).

Jorge Almeida
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@ 2005-07-12 14:53:17
My guess is either a inflated figure of some sort or it's got nothing to do with a humanoid figure, it just happens to look like one from above. A floating dock with several lines sticking out, etc.
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@ 2005-07-15 19:11:03
City is actually Southport, not Brisbane.
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@ 2005-07-29 08:00:50
I pulled this shot off of Google Earth:

http://www.georgetown.edu/users/srf23/cg.jpg" alt='Floating man' width='375' height='375' />

I'd say it's definitely an inflatable; with the yellow shirt and hat, one can't help but think of Curious George character, the Man with the Yellow Hat, but I think he wore yellow pants as well.

It also appears that he is restrained by a floating retainer of some sort; and are those three large blue tents along the shore?
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@ 2005-08-01 14:18:59
I know what is this! Is a Atari 2600 caractere!!
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@ 2005-08-06 17:54:23
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@ 2005-08-13 19:16:42
Yeah, that´s Atari
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@ 2005-08-23 09:22:06
Maybe its the guy from Pitfall!
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@ 2005-08-23 12:32:33
i actually lived right near this for a period of 4 months. drove by it almost every day on the gold coast highway but saw nothing unusual in the water. the lines in the water are a roped off swimming area i know that much and there is a large kids play area just off the shore. that may explain it.
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@ 2005-08-23 15:56:16
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@ 2005-08-23 16:46:13
Hehe...pixelart r0xx!
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@ 2005-08-24 04:34:04
as sad above, its a swimminbg area, so t's probalby an inflatable guy
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@ 2005-08-25 07:16:19
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@ 2005-08-27 21:28:42
It's a hoax--- put in by google as a joke--- check out there blog it explains it.
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@ 2005-08-28 16:13:26
Please. I have no idea what blog you are referring to. If there's a Google blog that explains this, post the link by all means.
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@ 2005-09-11 19:58:56
It is not a hoax. The structure that you can see in the image is real.

It can only be described as a large plastic pontoon in the shape of a man.

It sits in the enclosed swimming area (seen from the photo)
in the "Southport Broadwater" area of Queensland's Gold Coast.

It flots about a metre above the water.

Bacically, it's there as an amusment for kids to swim out there and jump off. (Which I have.)

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@ 2005-09-22 20:04:39
This is a floating pontoon for the kids( and adults) in the Southport Broadwater Swimming Lagoon at the Southport Broadwater Park Play area Marine Parade Southport on the Gold Coast. The pontoon is made up of several pieces which have been put together in the shape of a man - originally without a hat but that has been added. A very popular area enjoyed by local families and visitors to the Gold Coast all year round. He is called Sam and I had him done as an added feature for the area.

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@ 2006-01-16 12:28:49
Montezuma..... Atari 800xl
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@ 2006-02-26 06:16:15
I'm from the Gold Coast, it's a floating pontoon with waterslides for the kids.
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@ 2006-09-11 01:58:51
I used to work and live right by those waters and I never saw anything like that. But yeah, probably some floating slides for the kiddies...
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@ 2006-09-15 04:20:41
I also have seen the pontoon. I stayed in a motel nearby and I looked at the area in Google earth before leaving. While I was there, I looked out of the car window and the last couple of posts are correct. There were kids all over it and it was definatley not inflatable and definatley not a hoax.