Google Maps Street View has snapped a photo of a very unusual-looking sight in Sherborne, Dorset. It shows what appears to be a ghostly figure walking down a residential street in the English market town. To make matters even eerier, the same man can be seen three times in the image. Are there three versions of the same man or are there three different men? All three figures are wearing the same clothes.
He looks to be an older man wearing beige trousers and a white jumper as he strolls down the road.
However, the creepy element of the photo is ruined somewhat by the plastic shopping bag he is holding in his hand – it clearly isn’t your traditional ghost.
Of course, there is clearly a more rational explanation behind the bizarre snapshot.
Clearly something has gone wrong with the Google cameras, to cause a serious technological glitch.
The photography splicing has caused the problem due to the way the images form.
When taking the photo, the 360-degree cameras shoot multiple pictures to create the seamless image.
However, moving objects often ruin the scene as they shift when the photos are taken.
It is most likely the man moved when the images were taken, resulting in the strange photo.
This is far from the first time such a bizarre image has been taken by Google Maps.
In another photo, a man has been snapped sitting down. He looks like a normal human being from the neck down but something seems to have gone very wrong with his face.
He is balding and has white hair on the back and sides of his head. But that’s not the only place his follicles have been thriving. The man appears to have a coating of white hair over his whole face, stopping only above his eyebrows.
What’s more, he looks slightly animal-like as he appears not to have a nose on his face.
Instead, he seems to have a muzzle covered in tufty white hair which protrudes from just below his eyes.
In fact, the eyes themselves are hard to discern as is his mouth, although the one visible ear seems normal.
However, if you look more closely at the photo, it can be seen that the man’s hirsute horror isn’t the only oddity in the picture and both he and the others in the shot have fallen foul of the same technological blip as the man in Sherborne.
A similar shot was seen when Google Maps captured a woman on a boat. She is sat with her arms rested on her legs looking at the camera – yet she appears to have a third arm growing out off her back.
To add to the comedy value of the shot the hand is angled so it looks as though it is trying to high five the camera.