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By daggerwell @ 2007-05-24 08:17:44
It looks like a whale making a huge splash in the shallow water just off the southern coast of Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, England. I really don't know what it is...no trace of it exists in the BEV's or GM.
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@ 2007-05-24 10:03:12
Very odd. The edge of the circle looks too smooth to be a splash. I live near whales and this isn't what they look like when they splash and they don't jump around in water that shallow. It throws a distinct shadow so it is not a satellite problem.

I suspect this is one of those rare maps that legitimately belong in the "unexplained" category rather than "info wanted."
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@ 2007-05-24 10:08:43
The shadow is at the opposite way to the other shadows... Could be a sort of hole or an emboss in the film.
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@ 2007-05-24 12:37:07
My guess is that it is a hot air balloon drifting over the water.
kjfitz picture
@ 2007-05-24 13:41:16
Too irregular and the shadow is on the ground.
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@ 2007-05-24 16:12:37
A boat-towed parasail?
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@ 2011-08-14 14:06:46
I live in sight of Brownsea, I can assure you, no whales are in Poole harbour!