Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

The “sea god” Neptune appeared off the British coast of East Sussex during a marine storm, in July 2021.

Neptune is the counterpart of the Greek god Poseidon and he made an appearance just over two weeks before his festival is celebrated (Neptunalia) July 23rd. 

The sighting of the “face” of the ancient god was captured by BBC photographer Jeff Overs in Newhaven, England on Tuesday 6th July 2021.

He took the photo when the waves crashed on the harbor wall during the storm. The sighting appears to be a superior example of pareidolia, when an image is viewed in an ambiguous or random visual pattern and we attempt to make “sense of it ” by seeing a face in the nebulous formation when, in fact, there is none!

Overs said he took his photo around 09:00 BST during high tide with winds over 50 mph (80km/h).

The photographer told the BBC: “It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall…”

The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like (pareidolic) ghoulish faces.”

He said the small wave in the foreground resembles a hand.

It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” Mr Overs added.


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