Google Maps Street View: Hiker spotted in gruesome scene - do you know what’s happened?
Google Maps Street View seems to have captured a deeply disturbing image in rural Ukraine.
The shot - taken in 2014 but still visible today - shows a couple out hiking in the countryside.
The man and woman appear to be taking a break from their exertions and are sitting on their huge rucksacks.
The woman is staring ahead of her but the man is looking directly at the camera, with a slight smile on his lips.
However, the reason for his mirth is completely unknown as something terrible appears to have happened to him.
One of his legs appears to be completely severed and is lying on the ground in front of him.
The man is resting both his hands on his knees as he relaxes on the rucksack.
Amazingly he shows no pain or horror at the shocking accident that appears to have occurred.
The woman also shows no consternation, leading the viewer to wonder whether perhaps there’s more to the shot than meets the eye.
On closer inspection, the apparent severed limb is actually blurry at the top, while the man’s left leg actually finishes at his ankle, thus not matching the lower leg.
Clearly, rather than a horrendous calamity befalling the hiker, there is a more rational explanation.
The alarming image is, in fact, the result of a technological glitch with the Google cameras.
The photography splicing has caused the problem due to the way the images are assembled.
When taking the photo, the 360-degree cameras shoot multiple pictures to create the seamless image.
This is done by knitting the images together to make it seem realistic.
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However, moving objects often ruin the scene as they shift when the photos are taken.
This is far from the first time such a technological error has occurred on Google.
Recently, another couple were spotted behaving so loved-up they appeared to share not just affection but also limbs.
The man appears to have his body connected to his partner’s. His tattooed arm can be easily seen as it lies casually upon a blue bag, but what looks to be the woman’s leg appears to be growing out of his back.
The back of his shoulder morphs perfectly into the woman’s bent knee. His other hand can be seen resting upon his knee yet, apart from this glimpse of his leg, the lower half of his body appears to simply not exist.