Why Was There A Ship Floating In Mid-Air At A Golf Tournament?

    Good news: Scotland is not under attack by flying boats.

    This is a picture from TV coverage of the Scottish Open golf tournament in Aberdeen that appears to show a large ship floating in the air above spectators' heads.

    This has, understandably, confused some TV viewers.

    Flying boat off the coast of Aberdeen during @SkySports' coverage of the Scottish Open...

    Drama at the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen as a low flying ship passes overhead. #AAMScottishOpen @EuropeanTour

    So, er, what's going on?

    Pah, that sunset is ok, by there was a flying ship earlier at the Scottish Open.... Nice spot @Rottweiler17

    It's almost certainly due to an astmospheric optical effect called "looming", similar to mirages.

    In this case, that effect is accentuated by the fact that the pictures are close cropped versions of an already heavily zoomed picture.

    A flying ship at the Aberdeen Scottish Open

    BuzzFeed reached out to Sky Sports, the UK broadcaster of the Scottish Open, for comment. A Sky Sports spokesperson denied that it was a flying ship, and added, "This is a ridiculous story."