Mysterious floating island hovers lake at Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve in Alaska


A ‘UFO mirage’ has been caught on camera hovering over water in a national park in Alaska.

The strange footage was captured on warm sunny day back in June at the Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve, but wasn’t revealed until now.

The weird dome-shaped object in the video is actually your brain being tricked into seeing a distorted version of an island.

The park posted the video to its Facebook page and explained that the mirage is called a “Fata Morgana”.

mirage fata morgana glacier bay national park and preserve, UFO spotted ‘hovering over sea in Alaska’ is actually bizarre scientific phenomenon
UFO spotted ‘hovering over sea in Alaska’ is actually bizarre scientific phenomenon

A Fata Morgana is a mirage that appears just above the horizon and can significantly distort an object that’s already there.

Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve explained on Facebook: “Fata Morgana is a mirage seen within a narrow band on Earth’s horizon.

Islands in glacier bay turn to UFOs or the flying Dutchman with a little imagination and a pinch of cool science!

When air of different densities meet, the air in Earth’s atmosphere acts as a refracting lens, creating the mirage effect we see.

Cool, calm air often forms at the water’s surface- then, if warm dense air pushes down on the cool air at the surface, a lens is created.

I have reported many similar sky phenomena over the years in this blog: Foshan (China), Hongze Lake (China), Semarang (Indonesia), Koenigsee (Germany), San Francisco (USA)

You remember this one over China?

This type of mirage can be seen on land or at sea and may involve almost any type of distant object like a boat or a coastline.

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  1. This effect occurs due to the refraction of light rays. And Fata Morgana is observed only in conditions if you are inside a hollow sphere.

  2. I live 10 miles from glacier bay. Never seen anything like that or any weird flying objects. Distances can mess with the eyes around here.

    • I have seen strange phenomena. I always try and be skeptical of what I see. I look for logical explanations and as many angels as I can think of, so as to try and be scientific in the empircal sense, like old school science. Not the psuedoscientific baloney we see today.

  3. If this phenomenon happened with more primitive civilizations, then it could account for legends, myths, and supernatural visions?

    The redchinesey video reminded me of an avenging angel. I kept looking for the sword, and some manly hacking motions, but no luck?

    The ufo (fata morgana) was not as impressive, but if several people were (drunk on a boat) fishing, it sure would make a great yarn?

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