A new bean-shaped island-like structure was seen off the coast of Kochi, Kerala, in the Arabian Sea in satellite images from Google Maps. A screenshot of the same has now gone viral and has left experts in awe as it had never been spotted before.
The images were first shared on Facebook by the president of an organization, “Chellanam Karshika Tourism Department”. Although currently there is only this image available, its physical presence has yet to be ascertained. It looks like the formation is the size of West Kochi.
With the Facebook post going viral, officials at the University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies in Kerala are now planning to investigate the matter.
Referring to this find, K. Riji John, vice-chancellor of the university, said that looking at Google Maps it looks like any other underwater island we see around the world. There have been similar sightings and there is also a specific form for it, he added. But we don’t know what it’s made of – whether it’s sand or clay and whether it’s distributed regularly, he informed.
John said that usually, due to the underwater current, processes such as accretion or erosion of the coast are observed. In developing this, he explained that accretion basically means that sediment comes back to the coast, and this is a common phenomenon, which occurs in the southern part of the state. However, the vice-chancellor also mentioned that they can only give solid answers after they have conducted a thorough investigation.