Google Maps: Bizarre glowing object sparks UFO concerns

Google Maps Street View is a useful tool where users can see some of the world’s best landmarks. From the Eiffel Tower to The Empire State Building, Google Maps has it all. However while users navigate the world online, they have also uncovered some of the most bizarre sightings like this one in Romania.


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Eagle-eyed viewers have spotted what they claim to be a UFO hidden in a forest in Romania, just outside Timisoara.

Many have claimed that it could be a sign of extraterrestrial activity.

At first glance, the object is in a desolate area in the middle of a forest with trees surrounding.

The bizarre object is white and shaped almost like a spaceship with small holes around the edge.

The circular disks are what made people question if what they were seeing was a UFO.

Also because the spaceship-like object is in the middle of a forest surrounded by trees, people questioned why there was no human life around.

At closer inspection, it appears to be a water tower instead of a vehicle from outer space.

However, this didn’t stop users creating up their own ideas of what they thought it was.

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One user on Google wrote: “Amazing. Its Real, Been There And Seen It.”

However another said: “It is just a water filtering facility built in the architectural style of Wiener Secession.”

The image went viral and has been called Alien UFO Resort on the destination on Google Maps.

This isn’t the first time something strange has been spotted on Google Maps.


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Another image that left users with supernatural concerns was that in Florida.

This bizarre scene takes place in a desolate area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle.

A Google Maps user reported the mysterious “UFO” sighting onto Reddit.

Reddit is a forum in which people share their weird and wonderful sightings with each other.

Even when zoomed in, it’s hard to identify what the object exactly is as half of the object is missing.

The object was spotted in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is located in southern Florida.

This is an area just outside of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Bermuda Triangle has long been associated with mysterious aircraft and bizarre sightings with some users claiming that they have seen aliens.

One Reddit user described this sighting as a “UFO sighting” because it is almost impossible to identify how far away the object is from the camera and it is definitely an object that is flying.

However another user suggested that it was simply a “butterfly” and that it only sparks supernatural concerns because half of the object is missing, meaning it is hard to identify it.

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Travel leaders demand the 14-day quarantine scheme is scrapped

As Boris Johnson appeared to concede that travel quarantine would be a “three-week wonder” travel businesses have demanded that the scheme should be scrapped before it even begins.

Leaders of high-profile companies call the plan for 14 days of self-isolation “poorly thought-out, wholly detrimental to industry recovery and more or less unworkable”.

The home secretary, Priti Patel, announced the quarantine scheme on 22 May. From 8 June, almost all arrivals to the UK will be required to self-isolate at home, out of direct contact with family and friends, for two weeks.

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More than 70 travel industry chairs, chief executives and general managers have written to Ms Patel urging the immediate withdrawal of the plan.

The figures include Edward Orr, chair of Mr & Mrs Smith, the hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and Derek Jones – chief executive of Der Touristik UK, which includes Kuoni, Kirker Holidays and Carrier.

The general managers of top London hotels including Savoy. Claridge’s, the Connaught, the Ritz, the Corinthia, and the Shangri-La in the Shard have joined the campaign.

They write: “The very last thing the travel industry needs is a mandatory quarantine imposed on all arriving passengers which will deter foreign visitors from coming here, deter UK visitors from travelling abroad and, most likely, cause other countries to impose reciprocal quarantine requirements on British visitors, as France has already announced.”

“Many people urged the government to impose quarantine regulations during the early phases of Covid-19. Instead, no action was taken and flights from infected countries were allowed to land, disgorging thousands of potentially affected passengers into the wider community.”

Authorities including the World Health Organisation and the UK Department of Health recommend quarantine only in the earlier stages of an epidemic.

But Boris Johnson defended the quarantine policy, telling the Commons Liaison Committee: “The reason we didn’t do it then was because the scientific advice was very clear that it would make no difference to the arrival of the epidemic, or vanishingly little difference to the arrival of the epidemic. It might delay it by a bit but it would still come.”

The prime minister appeared to concede, though, that the blanket quarantine plan would remain in place for only 21 days before it is replaced by a series of so-called “air bridges” – bilateral treaties with popular destinations allowing for the 14-day self-isolation rule to be sidestepped.

Mr Johnson said: “We’ll have to agree them with the other countries concerned but we’ll also have to make progress in attacking the disease. And we’ll have to have evidence that the other countries are in as least a good a position as we are.”

Almost all countries have a far lower rate of infection and number of fatalities that the UK.

One senior aviation figure called the quarantine plan “a three-week wonder”. The self-isolation requirement can be avoided either by the use of the so-called “Dublin dodge,” involving a brief visit to the Irish capital, or by arriving before midnight on 7 June.

British Airways has offered passengers due to fly in from 8 to 28 June the chance to reschedule for an earlier date free of charge.

Labour has welcomed the quarantine plan.

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Quarantine travel: ‘Scrap the rules!’ Travel firms warn rules must be dropped in letter

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced last week that new quarantine rules for anyone arriving into the UK will be enforced from June 8. The new rules state that anyone arriving into the UK from abroad, except from the Common Travel Area, will be subject to 14 days in quarantine. Anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £1,000.


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But now holiday firms, travel chiefs and hotel owners are worried that the rules could have a further detrimental effect on the already battered travel and tourism industry.

Signed by more than 70 travel bosses, a letter has been written and given to the Home Secretary in a bid to scrap the rules.

The letter suggests that the move could “deter foreign visitors from travelling to the UK” and “deter UK visitors from going abroad”.

The travel firms say the sector contributed a staggering £200billion to the UK economy last year – around nine percent of the UK’s GDP – meaning that the rules could have a devastating economic impact on the country.

The letter said: “The very last thing the travel industry needs is a mandatory quarantine imposed on all arriving passengers which will deter foreign visitors from coming here, deter UK visitors from travelling abroad and, most likely, cause other countries to impose reciprocal quarantine requirements on British visitors, as France has already announced.

“Many people urged the government to impose quarantine regulations during the early phases of COVID-19.

“Instead, no action was taken and flights from infected countries were allowed to land, disgorging thousands of potentially affected passengers into the wider community.”

The letter continued: “COVID-19 is now under control and we commend the government for its handling of what was an extraordinary and unprecedented situation.

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“However, the economic cost of the government’s action is yet to be seen, apart from the early indicators which paint a grim picture.”

The letter also stated that the Government had been “woefully slow to react and has procrastinated to the point of absurdity” in offering refund credit notes in the tourism and travel industry.

The letter continued: “Unlike many businesses who can scale down their workforce very rapidly, travel companies still need to employ staff when business stops, either to cancel or rearrange existing, often complex, bookings.

“The government has done its best to suppress and control the invidious viral contagion but it should not, and must not, exceed its mandate.

“The people of this country do not wish to be prevented from travelling.

“Quite simply it is time to switch the emphasis from protection to economic recovery before it is too late.”

George Morgan-Grenville, CEO of tour operator Red Savannah said that the quarantine plans were “poorly thought-out” and detrimental to the industry.

He said: “Signatories to this letter are more used to competing ferociously but, on this issue, we are united.

“The quarantine plans are poorly thought-out, wholly detrimental to industry recovery and are more or less unworkable.”

However, the Home Office said in response that the rules are being put in place in order to avoid a second wave which could be “devastating”.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.

“We continue to support businesses in the tourism sector through one of the most generous economic packages provided anywhere in the world.

“However, it is right that we introduce these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.”

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Island of Madeira will pay for coronavirus tests for tourists

Portuguese holiday island of Madeira will welcome tourists again from July 1 – and all visitors will be tested for coronavirus for free if they can’t prove they’re negative

  • Tourists will have to undergo the test before they are allowed onto the island 
  • Alternatively, they have to prove they’ve had a negative test in the past 72 hours
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The Portuguese holiday island of Madeira has announced it will pay for all tourists to have a coronavirus test on arrival.

The archipelago, along with its sister island Porto Santo, is set to open to international travellers again from July 1.

But to be allowed in, tourists will either have to present documentation showing they’ve had a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours prior to arriving in Madeira or show they’re in the clear from a free test administered upon arrival. 

The Portuguese holiday island of Madeira, pictured, has announced it will pay for all tourists to have a coronavirus test on arrival

According to the Madeira tourism board, the islands are focusing on positioning themselves as ‘Covid-safe destinations’ and are working with SGS, the ‘world leader in hygiene certification’, to ensure ‘good practice across the destination to minimise risk in the wake of the pandemic’.

It adds that Madeira was a pioneer in Portugal in ‘developing good practices to deal with Covid-19’.

In a statement, the tourism board said: ‘These three initiatives, to cover testing costs, partner with SGS in certification and develop a good practices document, underpin the destination’s determination to ensure a safe tourism location for all visitors.

‘The Portuguese outpost of Madeira has had very few cases of Covid-19 and acted quickly to control the virus on the archipelago (Portugal has been widely praised for its rapid response).

At present, Madeira has registered 90 cases of Covid-19 with 67 of them in patients who have recovered. There have been no deaths

‘It is an island in the Atlantic, with relatively low visitor and transit numbers, which makes Madeira an exceptionally safe holiday option.’

Madeira is a short-haul destination from the UK with a flight time of three and a half hours. Its sub-tropical climate means it is warm all year round.

Outside of the capital, Funchal, the island is sparsely populated and its striking and lush landscape has been classified as a Unesco World Natural Heritage site since December 1999.

The tourism board added: ‘A gentle, safe, and relaxing destination, with excellent healthcare facilities. Madeira has been popular for centuries with UK travellers, who have visited these average climes to optimise health and wellbeing.

‘Recently referred to as Europe’s adventure capital with numerous world-class outdoor pursuits, from canyoning to trail running, it is perfect for those who have increased their fitness levels during lockdown.

Madeira’s sister island of Porto Santo, which is also set to open to international tourists on July 1 

‘Porto Santo, the stunning beach island off Madeira, only two and half hours away by ferry, was the first beach in Europe to officially reopen after Covid-19 and has the added benefit of therapeutic sands – with scientifically proven properties to ease all manner of ailments.

‘There are currently no restrictions to travel between the two islands.’

At present, Madeira has registered 90 cases of Covid-19 with 67 of them in patients who have recovered. There have been no deaths.

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Holiday parks open: When can we go on holiday in the UK?

Holiday parks are looming in people’s minds now the weather has started to warm up. With many Britons hesitant to travel abroad as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact other countries, more people are seeking staycations this summer. So when can you go on holiday in the UK?

This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced retailers in England will be able to open so long as they are COVID-secure next month.

Mr Johnson said outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading from June 1.

All other non-essential retailers including shops selling clothes, books and electronics can follow suit from June 15.

Employers will face “spot checks” to make sure they are implementing social distancing and have been told they must undertake a risk assessment after consultation with trade unions and workers.


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As layers of the lockdown restrictions are eased, many people’s minds are turning to summer holiday travel plans.

The UK travel sector has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic with turnover down by around 56 percent since last year.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) turnover in the travel industry fell from £2.6 billion in March 2019 to £1.2bn this year as lockdown took hold.

Millions of people would be looking to book after the crisis has passed, but many have expressed concerns about travelling abroad during the pandemic.

Instead, many holiday seekers are instead turning to Britain for their holidays this year.

Under current rules, day trips to outdoor spaces are permitted.

But taking any kind of overnight trip, including a visit to a second home is not allowed.

Hotels, bed and breakfasts and holiday parks are still closed.

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The next phase of easing lockdown rules will begin from June 1 with primary school pupils returning to school and some shops opening.

All non-essential retail operators will open from June 15 as long as they are maintaining safety measures.

A larger overarching change is expected from July 4, just in time for the summer holidays, when the hospital industry might be able to start operating again, assuming that acceptable social distancing can be introduced.

It is thought some tourist sites and leisure attractions may also open at that time.

Polices at individual holiday park companies will vary and may be subject to change in the coming weeks.

Many believe once pubs and restaurants begin to reopen, there is also likely to a relaxation of restrictions on camping, caravanning and holiday cottages.

When reopening most will need to institute social distancing measures as well as likely be subject to deep cleaning regimes.

As yet the Government has made no indication as to when holiday accommodation operators might be able to operate again.

Restrictions are much tighter in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with Scotland only beginning to ease lockdown on May 28 so holiday parks in these areas might open even later than these estimates.

The biggest holiday park companies in the UK are Haven, Pontins, Haulfryn and Parkdean Resorts.

Haven has said it will remain closed until July 2, but from that time will be open, subject to Government guidance.

Pontins will remain closed until next year, whether or not lockdown restrictions are lifted in the coming weeks.

Haulfryn has not confirmed a date when it intends to reopen, but has said it will following the advice from the Government.

Parkdean Resorts will reopen from July 6, but has said this date is subject to Government restrictions.

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UK holidays: Isle of Man kickstarts self-catering holidays – but Britons can’t return yet

UK holidays are likely to be more popular this year due to travel bans and restrictions in place across the world which include the UK’s own quarantine rules. Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states that Britons can only travel abroad for “essential” purposes.


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This advice will remain in place “indefinitely”.

The UK’s own quarantine rules will be coming into play on June 8 which will see anyone arriving in the UK be subject to 14 days of quarantine.

This includes Britons returning from abroad but does not include those returning from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Anyone caught breaking the rules will be fined up to £1,000.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.

The small island has had relatively few deaths compared to the rest of the UK.

In fact, the island has only had 336 cases and 24 deaths.

While it is looking likely that Britons will have to wait until July 4 to enjoy a staycation in the UK, the Isle of Man has managed to ease its lockdown rules enough to allow self-catering holiday homes to reopen.

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As well as self-catering properties being open, camping facilities also reopened a week ago on the island.

The decision was announced last week by Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK.

But before Britons get excited about the prospect of a holiday on the Isle of Man, there are still rules in place.

Travel between the Isle of Man and the UK is still prohibited.

The island is hoping that those who live on the Isle of Man will enjoy a staycation in the near future.

However, once travel restrictions are lifted, Britons may be able to visit the Isle of Man which is part of the Common Travel Area and is, therefore, exempt from the quarantine rules.

The Isle of Man has also said that those living on the island can also resume some outdoor sports.

Tennis, football and cricket but indoor venues such as gyms are remaining closed.

However, the easing of restrictions is only for “leisure and recreation” purposes.

Strict rules still remain in place for fixtures and events with fines of up to £2,500 in place for anyone breaking these rules.

However, those taking part in such sports must remain two metres apart and individuals should not share equipment.

A government spokesman said: “No element of the sport or physical activity is to involve contact.”

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Exclusive for MoS readers: Visit the Northern Lights with Ben Fogle

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Voyage to the Northern Lights with Ben Fogle – join the TV presenter on a Norwegian fjord cruise to see the spectacular display

Watching the magical Northern Lights dance across the night sky is an otherworldly experience like no other. 

On this new 12-day cruise, exclusive to Mail on Sunday readers, you’ll hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis while sailing along the beautiful Norwegian fjords.

To make this once-in-a-lifetime voyage even more special, you’ll be joined by TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle. A former Royal Navy reservist, Ben first appeared on our TV screens in the BBC’s Castaway, during which he was marooned on an island in the Outer Hebrides for a year. 

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The 12-day cruise includes a visit to the picture-perfect Lofoten Islands (above)


DAY 1 Bergen DAY 2 Alesund DAY 3 Trondheim DAY 4 Arctic Circle, Lofoten Islands DAY 5 Tromso DAY 6 Honningsvag, North Cape with Ben Fogle DAY 7 Kirkenes DAY 8 Hammerfest, Tromso DAY 9 Lofoten Islands DAY 10 Arctic Circle DAY 11 Trondheim DAY 12 Bergen

Since then, he’s gone on to present everything from Countryfile to Crufts and says he can’t wait to see the Northern Lights again after witnessing them first while filming his TV series New Lives In The Wild.

Ben will give two special talks and take part in a Q&A on board your ship, MS Richard With.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover one of the most unspoilt countries on Earth on an unforgettable voyage this winter.


Meet Ben Fogle: This is a fantastic opportunity to talk to the award-winning adventurer and TV presenter who has travelled the world and endured everything from the Marathon des Sables, the toughest race on Earth, to reaching the summit of Mount Everest and rowing across the Atlantic with Olympian James Cracknell. 

Ben will give an exclusive talk about his life and career, as well as answering all your burning questions.


You will be joined by Ben Fogle 

Ben Fogle has presented numerous programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and Discovery, worked as a special correspondent for NBC News, and made documentaries on Prince William in Africa and Captain Scott in Antarctica. He has written nine best-selling books, including Race To The Pole and The Accidental Adventurer, and is the United Nations patron of the wilderness, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and ambassador to WWF, Tusk and Hearing Dogs For The Deaf, as well as a patron to the Red Cross.

See the North Cape: You can also go on a special optional excursion** to visit Norway’s remote and beautiful North Cape. 

Feeling like you’ve reached the edge of the world, you may see small camps belonging to the indigenous Sami people, and birdlife such as puffins, kittiwakes and mighty sea eagles.

The world’s most beautiful voyage: During this wonderful 12-day round-trip voyage from Bergen, you will see 2,500 miles of Norway’s stunning coastline, have the opportunity to explore more than 30 historic ports, and spend seven days in the ‘auroral zone’, where sightings of the Northern Lights are most common.

Sail in style: Your home will be MS Richard With, a ship that boasts a two-storey panoramic lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, an à la carte restaurant, bar, cafes, bakery, swimming pool and hot tub, plus a sauna with a view, fitness room and library. The ship also hosts a series of free talks and demonstrations.

The delicious food, which includes Norwegian specialities such as roast reindeer and aquavit ice cream, is sourced locally and is included in the price.

Amazing Arctic activities: Take your pick from dozens of extra optional activities**, from guided nature walks and husky-sledding to joining a midnight concert at Tromso’s Arctic Cathedral. You can even tuck into a traditional Viking feast.

Your Northern Lights promise: Our travel partner, Hurtigruten, is so confident you will see the Northern Lights during your 12-day trip that if you don’t, the company will offer you another six- or seven-day Northern Lights voyage free of charge***.


  • International return flights.
  • Eleven nights’ full-board accommodation on MS Richard With.
  • Two exclusive talks and Q&A with Ben Fogle.
  • Your Northern Lights promise***.
  • On-board talk explaining the science behind the Northern Lights.
  • 1,000 Norwegian kroner per cabin onboard credit.
  • The services of a tour leader throughout.
  • All port fees and taxes.  


The price: From £1,999pp* for 12 days. The dates: January 3 to 14, 2021.

Call 0203 9933 258 quoting reference MOS BEN FOGLE. To find out more, visit

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *For bookings made before June 30, 2020 (further 15 per cent due by September 30, 2020, full balance 90 days before departure). Price based on two sharing. Subject to availability (limited cabins available at £1,999pp). Single supplement prices available on request. Price based on flights from Heathrow or Gatwick (subject to availability). Regional flights available for a supplement, subject to availability. Our travel partner TS Travel Ltd in partnership with Hurtigruten is 100 per cent financially protected. For full terms and conditions, go to **Supplements apply for optional activities, which have limited capacity and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call our tour partner, TS Travel Ltd, on the booking number above. ***For full terms and conditions for the Northern Lights promise, visit 

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Jacinda Ardern says Australian state borders should reopen before ‘travel bubble’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she expects to see Australian state borders re-open before the establishment of a trans-Tasman bubble.

The resumption of ordinary travel between the two countries has been mooted as a first step towards pre-coronavirus business as usual.

Australian Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham says slow-moving states shouldn’t hinder the creation of the bubble.

Ms Ardern scotched that idea, saying “it matters” whether New Zealanders are able to move around Australia freely.

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“The states haven’t opened up to each other yet,” she told Radio New Zealand.

“Obviously I would expect to see some of those issues resolved before we’d see them necessarily opening up to New Zealand and you can understand why.

“People want to be able to travel internally in Australia before they’d expect to be able to come across the ditch.”

Speaking later on 1 News, she softened her language, saying the “most likely sequencing” is state borders opening up first.

“I imagine they’ll want to see those issues resolved around their domestic border, most likely first, that’s my expectation,” she said.


Australian states and territories have slapped restrictions on movement into their jurisdictions.

Western Australia has shut its borders, with only select exemptions available for would-be visitors.

South Australia and Tasmania require travellers to quarantine, while Northern Territory requires arrivals to undertake and pay for their own quarantine.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is standing firm on her decision to keep Queensland’s borders closed. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAPSource:AAP

While those border controls may take some time to relax, Ms Ardern said work on the trans-Tasman bubble was continuing at a bureaucratic level.

“We have officials working on the practicalities of what on the ground, what managing the border, a trans-Tasman bubble would look like and how it would work in practice,” she said.

Ms Ardern also confirmed the trans-Tasman safe zone would need to be established before growing it to include neighbouring Pacific nations that have interest.

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Google Maps: Users left terrified when they spot this man – what is wrong with him?

Google Maps Street View is one of the most popular tools that users can use to see the world’s most popular landmarks. From visiting the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower, Google Maps allows you to visit these destinations just by a click of the button. However, it has also been used to uncover some of the world’s most weird and wonderful scenarios. One bizarre sighting left Google Maps users shocked by a man’s terrifying incident.


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The scene unfolds in Sweden, in what appears to be by the side of a river or a lake.

The man is sitting on the pebbles that are by the side of the water and he appears to be dipping his feet into the water.

Sunshine is shining overhead, and nothing seems to be out-of-the-ordinary.

However, the man’s head is missing from the shot completely, and you can only see part of his hair.

His body is also visible with his knees bent up and he is leaning his arms on his legs.

An eagle-eyed Reddit user posted his photo and wrote: “U good mate?”

He is dressed in a navy t-shirt as well as navy bottoms with a red stripe.

Part of the man’s back is also missing and you can see the clear water through his back.

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However his face has completely disappeared and is nowhere to be seen.

Although there may be a rational explanation for this bizarre sighting caught on Street View.

Glitches appear to be very common on Google Maps Street View for many reasons.

Google Maps creates the images by stitching together the 360 degree image sets submitted be users, meaning small errors can occur in the stitching.


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Glitches are therefore very common on the site.

The camera must have taken one image when the man was still and then took an adjacent one when the man was moving.

Another bizarre scene was captured in a desolate area of Florida, just outside of the Bermuda Triangle.

A Google Maps user reported the mysterious “UFO” sighting onto Reddit.

Even when zoomed in, it’s hard to identify what the object exactly is, with it sparking supernatural concerns online.

The oval shape is different colours but half of it has been cut off, again another stitching problem.

One user suggested that it was simply a “butterfly” and that it only sparks supernatural concerns because half of the object is missing, meaning it is hard to identify it.

There is no rational explanation for what the weird shaped object actually is and one user on Reddit suggested that an insect scientist should answer the question.

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Holidays: Hays Travel reveals island destinations are most popular and bookings are strong

Despite the coronavirus lockdown bringing the travel industry to its knees, various destinations around the world are getting ready to kickstart their tourism industries. Tonight, Steph McGovern presented a new Channel 4 documentary called ‘How To Go On Holiday This Summer’. During the program, Steph investigated Britons’ options for future travel this summer, whether that’s hoping to travel abroad or considering a holiday in the UK.


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Steph spoke to industry experts and insiders such as Travel expert and journalist Simon Calder and Sean Tipton from ABTA.

The experts answered some of holidaymakers’ most burning questions which included how to get refunds from package holidays and whether it is safe to go on holiday in the future.

Steph also spoke to the owners of Hays Travel about how their business has been impacted by the coronavirus.

Hays Travel bought Thomas Cook after it went into administration last year.

The husband and wife team were expecting to have a successful year in 2020.

But since the coronavirus pandemic hit, the couple have been hit hard by a severe lack of bookings.

Irene Hays explained: “We acquired Thomas Cook in October of last year and we’d just reported to the Civil Aviation Authority that everything was going really well.

“So January and February which are peak months for travel we’d done so, so well, much better than our expectations.

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“Then the Costa Adeje in Tenerife was the first real tourist spot to be hit, and that happened in the third week in February.

“After that, the business fell off a cliff.”

However, there has been a light at the end of the tunnel now that lockdown has been eased.

She added: “April was particularly strong.

“We have a guy who works in the call centre, who is one of our top sellers, who sold more holidays in April this year than he did in April last year.”

Irene’s husband and co-owner of Hays Travel John, added that people are now booking holidays but not for this year.

John added: “People really want to get away… People are booking, not for this summer at the minute, but we’re doing a lot of business for this winter and 2021.

“But if summer 2020 opens I’m sure people will be anxious to get away.”

The couple explained that some of the more popular destinations that people are booking are islands.

They said that the Balearics and the Channel Islands have been among the most popular.

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