Structures in The gulf Of Mexico Appearing to make Waves in Clouds

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https://mufoncms.com/cgi-bin/report...=f1_submitted_datetime+DESC&case_number=90956

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This looks to me like ground based structures, however he says he was over the ocean, so that means one of:
  1. Ships
  2. Oil Platforms
  3. Islands
  4. Giant hovering UFOs
Somewhat similar to the "Iron Giant" cooling towers:

But here's it's leaving some kind of wake - either in the air or in the sea.
 

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There seem to be two wakes, each, at different angles. Probably one in the water and one in haze in the air just above. The picture reminds me of a snap I took off the Irish coast. An object being towed could be behind the denser cloud.IMGP0706.JPG
..And a little later to show the effect of perspective..
 

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Not clear what time zone, assuming central then 4:45PM is 21:45UTC

There's a few possible flights:
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Ah, looks like SouthWest
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So SWA 3169. Dallas to FLL, departed Dallas 14:19 CST
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He said "1-1:2 hr into flight.", which is not really clear. But he says the time was 4:45, which works if he'd switched to Eastern.
 

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There's a variety of oil wells around there, but it's hard to get aerial images of them for geolocation. This overlay was the best I've got so far. Google Earth file attached
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Trailspotter

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I am a bit late with posting my conclusion about these structures being at the sea surface. In the first photo, there are cumulus clouds that can be matched to their shadows, which are at the sea surface and on the same level with the structures:
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In theory, these could be used to check the sun elevation and azimuth and verify date, time and location.

I find it a bit strange that the case was posted more than a month after the event. Could it be that the event was more recent, on March 18, rather than February 18?
 
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In my opinion this case is enough debunked. I'd be quite surprised if that weren't those oil wells postulated by Clouds and located by Mick.

But I'd like to know which part of the picture is showing Trailspotter, I can't match that.

Also, what's inaugural picture source? The one given covers a much wider area, however it doesn't cover the rightmost part of the picture here.
 

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Well heck:

Metabunk 2018-03-24 15-10-06.jpg

It's the only image that has GPS. GPS reception is spotty in planes (with an iPhone, at least). This is almost certainly the exact position of the shot, within a few seconds of motion.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/29°40'38.3"N+93°10'36.3"W/@29.6691374,-93.1767417,9.54z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d29.677305!4d-93.1767417

Some of the near-shore rigs were captured in Google Maps
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It's the only image that has GPS. GPS reception is spotty in planes (with an iPhone, at least). This is almost certainly the exact position of the shot, within a few seconds of motion.

Date Time Digitized: Feb 18, 2018 at 4:43:17 PM
Date Time Original: Feb 18, 2018 at 4:43:17 PM
FNumber: 2.4
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 52
Lens Model: iPhone X back dual camera 6mm f/2.4
Altitude: 11,904.42 m (39,056.49 ft)
Altitude Reference: above sea level
Date Stamp: Feb 18, 2018
Destination Bearing: 96.141
Destination Bearing Reference: True direction
Horizontal Positioning Error: 32
Image Direction: 96.141
Image Direction Reference: True north
Latitude: 29° 40’ 38.298” N
Longitude: 93° 10’ 36.27” W
Speed: 255.409
Speed Reference: Kilometers per hour
Time Stamp: 06:43:16 UTC
Content from external source​
There is something wrong in this info; for this location 4:43:17 PM cannot be 06:43:16 UTC.

Regarding the geotagging photos taken from a plane, my GPS camera (not iPhone) puts in the last known location, which is usually the origin, but occasionally updates the coordinates in flight if I keep it close to a window for a while.
 

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There is something wrong in this info; for this location 4:43:17 PM cannot be 06:43:16 UTC.

That's a display error on the Photos app. A more raw dump of the data gives:

Date/Time Created : 2018:02:18 16:43:17
Digital Creation Date/Time : 2018:02:18 16:43:17
GPS Altitude : 11904.4 m Above Sea Level
GPS Date/Time : 2018:02:18 22:43:16Z
GPS Latitude : 29 deg 40' 38.30" N
GPS Longitude : 93 deg 10' 36.27" W
GPS Position : 29 deg 40' 38.30" N, 93 deg 10' 36.27" W

22:43 is correct for Central time 16:43 +6h,

hence it's actually
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Regarding the geotagging photos taken from a plane, my GPS camera (not iPhone) puts in the last known location, which is usually the origin, but occasionally updates the coordinates in flight if I keep it close to a window for a while.

The other photos seem to have been edited in some which removed the EXIF. This was the only one with text on it, so presumably they went through a different editing program to add the text, and the preserved the EXIF.

I've noticed the lagging with GPS too. In this case though it's an almost exact match for the plane's GPS at at that exact time.
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So that must be very close to the actual photo location.
 

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The approximate fwd view in GE
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I doubt it's any of these though, seems too shallow an angle to see through the window.
 

Trailspotter

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I doubt it's any of these though, seems too shallow an angle to see through the window.
I've added the photo to Google Earth in a quick way, guided by cloud shadows and the Sun position at the time, and pinpointed the location of these structures by trial and error.
Gulf structures location.jpg

The pin coordinates are: 29°28'4.14"N 93°17'14.73"W. There is nothing in this location on Google Maps/Earth, but the deep underwater channel from the lake goes straight toward it (stopping halfway).

Edit: the updates have been removed as the likely explanation of the structures have been presented in the next post.
 
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Trailspotter

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This is a likely explanation of the structures from the following flickr photo description:

Deep Water Drilling Rig Graveyard by Ron Wooten, on Flickr


Unfortunately, the flickr photo is not properly geotagged, but this interactive map shows a cluster of rigs in the deduced location:
Oil rig graveyard?.png
http://ldwf.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=a71d6758535042dd969114fb6a356888

Another map shows this cluster of rigs in West Cameron block 110 belongs to BP America Production Company:
https://www.offshore-mag.com/conten...lfOfMexicoMap_OffshoreMag__CorrectedFinal.pdf
 
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