People Baffled at Google Maps Showing a ‘Black Hole’ in the Middle of the Ocean


Oct 18, 2021


Image Credit: Reddit

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. Is it a black hole in the middle of the ocean? Is it a volcano? Is it a portal to a newer, better world? No one knows.

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

One Reddit user joked: “God dropped his guitar pick,” while another one suggested: “It’s a little Illuminatti.”

Since the image began gaining traction online, netizens have been putting their theories forward on what the black triangle could be. Some believe it’s a “covered-up” Area 51; some are speculating it’s a portal to another universe (we can’t comment on whether it’s a serious speculation), while some others believe it’s connecting the real world with the fictional universe — by being an island from the TV series Lost.

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,” one user commented.

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Agreeing with them, another individual built on the theory further, stating that in censoring the area, Google Maps did a botched-up job. “[T]he 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 well, islands like Moruroa — a tiny atoll in French Polynesia used for nuclear testing.

However, with the image making the rounds, some users pinpointed a specific location on the map. According to them, it’s a representation of the 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.

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. It’s difficult to say whether anyone ever will either. Perhaps, this will remain an internet mystery that got everyone excited for a few days and then fizzled out. Until then, well, let your imagination run wild.


Written By Devrupa Rakshit

Devrupa Rakshit is an Associate Editor at The Swaddle. She is a lawyer by education, a poet by accident, a painter by shaukh, and autistic by birth. You can find her on Instagram @devruparakshit.

  1. Bruce Cragun

    I know exactly what it is. It’s a triangle craft that’s been drawn over with a fake island to cover it.

  2. Eric Van Bibber

    I think it may be because there’s not a human population there and the country that claims it has declared it a wildlife sanctuary, not wanting visitors to show up and mess things up. Here’s the history:
    The island was first sighted in 1820 by the Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who named the island for his ship Vostok (the name means “East” in Russian). Vostok was claimed by the United States under the Guano Act of 1856, but was never mined for phosphate. It is unknown whether the island has ever been inhabited, although the presence of rats suggests that ancient Polynesians might have at least visited. No evidence of permanent settlement has ever been found.

    Vostok formed part of the British Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony, until becoming a part of newly independent Kiribati in 1979. American claims on the island were vacated in the Treaty of Tarawa in the same year.

    Vostok Island is designated as the Vostok Island Wildlife Sanctuary. In 2014 the Kiribati government announced to establish a 12-nautical-mile fishing exclusion zone around each of the southern Line Islands (Caroline (commonly called Millennium), Flint, Vostok, Malden, and Starbuck).

    Its isolated nature means it is rarely visited, save by the occasional scientist or yachter. Passengers aboard the Golden Princess see it on the ships route from French Polynesia to Hawaii. Landing is said to be difficult, and no harbor or anchorage exists.

  3. A

    It is just an atoll. The calmer water in the middle just looks darker.

  4. Taray L. Rideout

    It’s the island where they are dumping Covid bodies to decompose, lol

  5. Alina

    The news is not true, if so, it would have already caught the attention of scientists and those who study these supernatural phenomena, it would have been the news on the cover of media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, television, social networks and other media communication, the Internet is similar to writing paper, it supports everything that is put in writing for publication, so not everything is true, God made the seas, he put limits, so much so that no matter how many rivers flow into the sea, the seas do not fill to overflowing, nor do they exceed their limits of water that God imposed on them, and they must know that those who deceive and lie do not inherit the kingdom of God and his beloved son Jesus Amen 🙌

  6. Zeo Aarhus

    What you see in the picture is a censorship. And I’m sure of it. Here’s the explanation:
    It’s no vegetation zoomed out because we see gray on the right edges of the vegetation. It should’ve been a bit more towards dark green or green had it been vegetation.
    It’s no portal, hole, black hole, or whatever because had it been one of those; water would’ve started to get sucked into it already forming a vortex at the very least. The atmosphere around it would have become way more blurry and especially in case of a blackhole appearing, it would’ve taken a round shape instead of a triangle. And ofcourse we all would’ve been dead by now.
    Finally, it’s a censorship because you can see the waves of the ocean clearly but the left part of the image have some unrefined pixels left.
    While I’m no official, I’m an amateur professional-observer😂. You can trust me. And you can also ask for my openions through my gmail. If you want even more detailed explanations, you can always hire me too.😜

  7. AliceWoods

    Has ANYone WENT to investigate the black triangle what about if you wanted me to Triangle if everybody goes to look to see what it is and then not that interested but if it is a black hole then everybody better be worryed about it becouse it could get ” bigger and it could also involve more of the ocean and the planet itself that what black holes do they enlarge are they shrink best Pajero one this was doing they better be worried about if it really is a black hole

  8. Gary

    What part of the world and in which ocean does it lay. Is could be China’s secret. They are getting more advance than the USA . which is straddled with debt.

  9. Jamey Schmidt

    Gotta hide the new and improved epstein island….
    So noone knows whats goin on.

  10. Christopher Ten

    I wish I could show you all the pictures Ive found especially the Gulf of Mexico and the Alien Ship I found Glowing, as well 2 other fly ships crashed down on to this Island but under the Black Hole you have showing on this report.
    Or, is there a place I can send them?

  11. Ernesto

    No. This is just an algorithmic processing error or it that big mass of non-biodegradable waste that has piled up over these pass years

  12. Anonymous

    Get some real shit to work on people and stop publicizing any crap!

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  14. Jeff

    What is this clickbait I see everywhere?

    “However, no one in a position of authority or geographical expertise has confirmed this explanation yet. It’s difficult to say whether anyone ever will either. Perhaps, this will remain an internet mystery that got everyone excited for a few days and then fizzled out. Until then, well, let your imagination run wild.”

    Go to Google and type in Vostok Island. There’s plenty of information on exactly where the island is and what is there. Google Maps even has pictures of the island and someone posted a video from their phone.

    As to why it looks like this on Google Maps; it is simply an old low resolution satellite image. There are a lot of areas around the world that still do not have high resolution images on Google Maps. There is probably no priority for places in the middle of the ocean to be updated with higher resolution images.


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