Google Maps Streetview boast an opportunity for users to gain a street-level insight into locations across the globe. Whether planning for a trip, trying to find a quicker route or simply exploring for fun, the Streetview function is a useful tool. However, occasionally Google’s cameras capture something unexpected.
Recently a savvy user spotted something odd in Tulum, Mexico.
The scene unfolds at a beach on Tulum’s coastline.
Unexpectedly, however, the 360-degree scene does not occur on dry land, but rather out in the water.
Google’s camera appears to be floating in the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean sea.
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However, when the viewer pans down something bizarre appears beneath the camera’s lens.
A man dressed in swim trunks can be seen floating beneath the surface, one arm extended in the air above his head.
The swimmer remains anonymous, only the top of his head can be seen, along with his outstretched hand.
The bizarre scene seems unnatural, as though the camera is flying above him, however, judging by his arm it is likely he is the one operating the Google camera.
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Although Google often employs its own Streetview cars and workers, regular citizens can also submit their own 360-degree images to be linked with certain locations if they have the right technology.
Travellers can do this by making a “contribution” via their Google Map’s account.
However, in order to create a moveable Streetview image, users will need their own 360-degree camera, which can be quite pricey.
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This isn’t the first time Streetview has revealed the person behind the image.
The image was captured in Jerusalem, Israel, deep in The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens.
At first, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary.
The 360-degree photograph moves as normal, showing the surrounding foliage and visitors strolling through the grounds.
However, when the camera is spun the other way, the viewer is greeted with an unexpected person.
It seems a technological glitch has injected different moving segments of the same photograph into the image.
These segments are usually hidden on Streetview, so the camera person can not be spotted.
In the foreground, a black baseball cap can be seen, with the instantly recognisable Google logo printed on the front, a pair of sunglasses resting on top.
The hat is clearly placed on someone’s head, as a mass of dark hair and even an ear can be seen.
The Google logo emblazoned on the front of the cap suggests this is the Google staff member behind the camera.