A video shot near Lake Superior appears to show a tall “ghost ship” on the water’s horizon.
“We were looking at it [the rainbow] and noticed the object,” said Jason Asselin, who captured the footage. “I zoomed in and still couldn’t understand what I was seeing.” He was viewing the fall foliage with a friend in Michigan when he saw the image.
The sighting could theoretically be what is known as “Fata Morgana,” a mirage consisting of multiple images—which can include buildings, ships, or even cities. They usually stack high into the air in a distorted manner.
“It really just didn’t belong there, I’ve seen ships before and it looked nothing like that,” said Asselin of the image, according to CBS. “I’ve been there before and never saw it before.”
Asselin told the broadcaster that while he wasn’t afraid, he found the sight inexplicable.
“He too felt it was a strange experience and out of this world,” he said.
As the sun started to set, the ship started to fade away. “When I looked back there was nothing,” said Asselin. “It had disappeared.”
In May 2015 a photo showed a Fata Morgana-like mirage of a ship over Lake Superior.
It’s worth noting that more than 6,000 vessels have sank in the Great Lakes, according to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The most famous of those wrecks is the Edmund Fitzgerald, a freighter with 29 crew members on board. It sank during a storm on Lake Superior in 1975.