Enigmatic ‘Black Hole’ in The Middle of The Ocean!


An image of a blacked-out island on Google Maps that has been doing the rounds on the internet. People from across the world are baffled, reports The Swaddle.

The mysterious black hole

Many have unleashed their inner sleuths, inner conspiracy theorists, to try and solve the mystery of what the black, triangular shape in the map refers to.

Since the image began gaining traction online, netizens have been putting their theories forward on what the black triangle could be. 

Error in the google map

Jokes (or not) aside, several internet users have been buying into the theory that it’s censored territory. “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.”

Agreeing with them, another individual built on the theory further, stating that in censoring the area, Google Maps did a botched-up job. “The real answer is the blue color around the island is a painted-in color, so the oceans look uniform in the maps… Islands are added by erasing some of that blue to let the satellite image show through… Sometimes they do a sloppy job. So what you are seeing moving inward is artificial ocean color, real ocean with waves, beach, island,” they wrote.

This theory originates from past evidence of Google Maps blurring “sensitive” geographical locations like military bases, prison courtyards, and islands.

This theory even has an explanation for why the island appears so black — they believe the dense vegetation there has created the “darkness;” zoomed out, the dark green is appearing black.

However, no one in a position of authority or geographical expertise has confirmed this explanation yet. 

Where is “the black hole” located?

However, with the image making the rounds, some users pinpointed a specific location on the map. According to them, it’s a representation of Vostok Island from the Republic of Kiribati, an independent island nation in the central Pacific Ocean consisting of 32 atolls and one raised coral island.

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Source: The Swaddle


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