The natural landscape sometimes can be uncanny like creatures in the wild – one of these curious places is off the coast of Iceland. On Heimaey Island, there is a rock formation that, from certain angles, looks like a giant elephant drinking out of the Atlantic Ocean.
Two main factors contribute to this playful illusion. First, the “wrinkles” on the cliff mimic an elephant’s skin – this distinctive texture was formed by basalt rock, a material that results from the rapid cooling of thick lava.
Along with the indentations that look like an eye and a giant, floppy ear, it’s almost as if this is an elephant lurking in plain sight.
Many visitors to Heimaey have found the comparison striking. Check out some of their materials below and even more on Flickr.