GoogleEarthing #145


Use Google Earth to find the image below somewhere on the face of the Earth. When you find it, tell us using the comment feature.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: 6 of 9

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Solved by: Kenwyn
Location: south of Ise, Japan
34′27′09” N 136′43′15” E

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22 Responses to “GoogleEarthing #145”

  1. Could be way off but found places kinda similar to this and 147 around Myrtle Beach where I think the Ripleys Aquarium is. Im also wondering if the aquarium has something to do with the rusty fish clue.

  2. Don’t focus so much on the Ripley’s site. It’s the idea, not the content, that is key. Consider different ways of re-stating “rusty fish”.

  3. “corroded Nemo”?

  4. Lol!
    I’m going for ‘red herring’.

  5. Adrian, thanks for the smile!

    Adriaan, yup. Lots of those swimming about.

  6. It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada, so believe it or not, I’ve added a small clue. But be careful of those ‘rusty fish’. ;)

  7. So the article points to a story about an Oarfish AKA “the king of herrings” It isn’t a herring or a relative but comes from being sighted near shoals of herring. It has a red fin so basically it is just a giant red herring lol

  8. Yep, that’s a lot of sushi :-)

  9. Ultimately, the puzzles on this site are about geography. ;)

  10. This one is extremely hard. Seriously, this could be anywhere, even in (dramatic tone) Russia. But my first guess would be somewhere in the Amazon or Orinoco rainforest.

  11. I’m not a pro at this, but I see the shadows are slightly pointing to the north. Does this mean the location is in the Northern hemisphere?

  12. Slightly northwards pointing shadows do mean that the location is in the Northern Hemisphere or maybe just south of the equator.
    It is not easy to pinpoint the latitude more exactly. You would have to know the season and time of day the picture was taken. Shadows are obviously shorter at noon, when the sun is high in the sky, than in the morning, with a rising sun.

  13. I honestly did NOT know of the connection between oarfish and herring, so that did not influence my choice of words.

    Don’t try too hard with the blog clues. This site gives puzzles about geography.

    Sometimes when reading the blog clues, think: “geography”. Sometimes, think: “theme”. It will take one or two more solutions for the theme to emerge. Believe me.

  14. Ok that was stupid :/ I didn’t even read the blog clue before searching. I think I have a better clue now, thanks Alan

  15. You’re welcome.

    It appears to me that the solvers are approaching enlightenment.

  16. This clue might have been prophetic, if you believe in that sort of thing.

  17. 34′27′09” N 136′43′15” E

    Just south of Ise, Japan.

    Didn’t take long to find once I looked for the right thing. Went back to basics. We’re looking for religious sites of importance (pretty much all main world religions have been covered). The clue points to Japan (ignore all the fish stuff). So I googled Shintoism and found the locations of various Shinto shrines. This was the 3rd place I looked. Will be hoping for similar success with the remainders. Not “played” for pretty much 6 months, so happy to get off to a flyer after 30 minutes!!!!!


    The shrine is less than a click NE of #145

  19. Well done, Kenwyn. You are 95% to the theme (remember #148 for the twist).

  20. #148 is Galapagos. So Darwin, Theory of Evolution. A scientific “belief”, not unlike religion.

    Managed to convince myself that #147 is Texas, but not found it. Need to do some more googling. Couldn’t find it near Waco, even though I thought I was on to something for a minute.

    Anyone else still out there looking?

  21. “World View” is the underlying theme, so yes Kenwyn, that’s the reason for #148. I was wondering if anyone was making the connection.

    For #147, one of my comments contains a further clue.

  22. Nice find, haven’t been on google earth in a while but will see what I can do now the theme has been uncovered

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