A holiday maker caught a rare glimpse of mirage hardly ever seen with the naked eye.
The unknown filmer spotted the floating ship off Cocoa Beach in Florida while standing on a balcony looking out to sea and towards the horizon.
In the distance a large ship can be seem making it’s way across the ocean – and amazingly it seems to be hovering in mid-air.
The phenomenon is called a Fata Morgana mirage, and involves a complex trick of the light.
Caused by a narrow band of light above the horizon, the Fata Morgana gives the impression an object is actually floating above the water.
The mirage distorts an object, and can occur on land, sea, polar regions and deserts.
The optical illusion is caused when rays if light bend as they pass through layers of light with different temperatures.
Warm air sits above a layer of much colder air, an inversion of what usually occurs on the horizon.
While these images were snapped in a seemingly warm climate, this type of mirage usually occurs above sheets of ice in colder parts of the world.
The bizarre name derives from sorceress Morgan Le Fay, of Arthurian legend.
Sailors would dread seeing the mirage as they believed Le Fay placed inviting mirages in the sky, such as homely castles, as a way of tempting boats towards rocks