Spectacular Aerial Illusion of an Underwater Waterfall

Approximately 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa lies an island nation known as Mauritius that gives off the illusion of an underwater waterfall at the southwestern tip of the island. The visually deceiving impression, created in the water due to the runoff of sand and silt deposits, is especially effective and breathtaking in aerial shots. In fact, the illusion can even be seen on Google Maps.

When viewed from other angles, the ocean is clearly just a spectacular spectrum of blues, greens, and white, visually simulating a sense of three-dimensionality that dives down like a streaming waterfall. Though it's made obvious that there isn't a roaring cascade, there's still something extremely magical about the idea of an underwater waterfall, especially since there is so much left unknown about our planet's oceans.

Top photo via KULfoto


Photo via Seafarer Sailing


Photo via Sofitel So Mauritius


Photo via The St. Regis Mauritius Resort


Photo via Google Maps


Photo via Google Maps

via [Twisted Sifter]

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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