Google Maps Users Left ‘Gobsmacked’ Over ‘Strange’ Finding

Vostok Island Google Maps: Reddit users have been left 'gobsmacked' over a 'strange' finding. 
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Google Maps users have been left ‘gobsmacked’ over a ‘strange’ finding. 

People are taking to Reddit and discussing the uninhabited coral site of Vostok Island and why it has such a ‘bizarre’ appearance on the website.

Alongside a screenshot, one theorist penned: “What the f***, this looks nothing like an island.”

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The post has since received over 300 comments, with many people sharing their thoughts.

One Reddit user suggested: “Looks like there’s water in the middle that has some really dark looking fungi, or seaweed, or something.”

Another added: “I think it’s a mountain top, reaching out of the water.”

“It’s surrounded on three sides by water, making it a peninsula,” a third pitched in.

Joking, a fourth commented: “Ladies and gentlemen, they have found the island in Lost.”

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Google Map users have been left ‘gobsmacked’ over the ‘strange’ finding and are sharing their theories on Reddit. Credit: u/kokoblocks via Reddit & Google Maps

However, some people have shared much more sinister theories, with some speculating that the area has been ‘censored’.

One person penned: “Looks censored for some reason.”

In agreement, a second responded: “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.”

“Zoom in [the] top left corner of the black area and can see the computerised straight lines etched into the sand portion of the image,” a third wrote. “I see Google blacking out whatever it is they don’t want anyone to see.”

According to Live Science, Google Maps will ‘blur’ military sites and other locations deemed to be ‘secret’ in order to keep important information private.

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