A little-known video posted to YouTube in 2016 shows a ghost bird hovering over the water as it circles the island in New Zealand.
The video has been viewed more than 5 million times since it was uploaded, and has garnered thousands of comments.
“Ghost bird in the sea,” reads the caption.
“I love that video so much.”
It’s a sentiment shared by many who have witnessed a ghostly apparition in the water near the island of Tongariro.
Many believe it is the work of a ghost or ghostly visitor who has fallen off a boat.
“If you’ve ever had a paranormal experience, this is the best you’ll ever have,” said David Gwynne, an experienced paranormal investigator from New Zealand who has investigated paranormal phenomena for decades.
“It’s a very unusual sighting that you can only get in Tongariros water, but if you have a very high level of confidence that the experience is a ghost, then it’s very rare.”
Gwynna said he was able to confirm that the bird’s appearance in the video was indeed that of a bird that had fallen off the boat and was floating in the shallow water, according to a report by New Zealand’s New Zealand Herald newspaper.
The bird’s silhouette also appeared to be in the vicinity of a tree, with a tree branch sticking out of the water.
Gwynni also reported seeing two other birds, one on a nearby island and another on the shore of Tongarikawahia.
“When we went on our trip the next day and we went out to look at the birds, we couldn’t even see them because the wind was blowing so hard and there was a lot of water all around us,” he told ABC News.
“The next day, we went back and checked and it was still there.”
The New Zealand Ministry of Education and Science has since confirmed that the two birds were indeed a “ghostly apparitions” from the island.
Glynna also said that while he didn’t think it was an accident that the birds were there, he was skeptical of the theory that the spirits of the drowned sailors might have floated in the waters.
“In this particular case, we have the presence of a very powerful, very powerful presence,” Gwynnne told ABC.
“We don’t believe it could have happened without someone falling into the water.”
Glynne said that he also thought the birds might have been ghosts, but he believed they were “the work of some sort of spirit.”
“I’ve been very impressed with the level of belief, the level that people have in this, that the story is real,” Glynn said.
“But I can’t put my finger on it, but I don’t know if it is.”
“A ghostly presence” The video was first posted on YouTube in March of 2016.
It was accompanied by a statement from the New Zealand Department of Education saying the bird had been captured on a boat floating in Tongariki Bay, the country’s biggest estuary.
The caption read: “The bird is being captured by a boat in the estuary of Tonga.”
“It is a well-known ghost story that it was seen by many New Zealanders in the area of the lake,” the statement said.
But the video’s creator, who goes by the username “Giant Ghost,” told ABC he had no idea the bird would be seen by people in Tongaruros.
“My idea of what it is is a bird floating in a pond,” Giant Ghost said.
“[It] floats in the open sea, floating in an area that is covered in water, and it’s floating in that pond for an extended period of time.”
Glynn says it’s possible that he may have just been mistaken for a ghost.
“As long as you’re not being a ghost I don [think] it’s fair to say I’m not a ghost,” he said.
In the video, Glynn described the birds as being “tall, skinny and white,” and said they appeared to hover in the air.
“You would think that they would be floating in and out of there, but they don’t.
They are actually floating in one place.”
Genni said he had been to Tongarios waters before, and that he had never seen any bird sightings before the video.
“All I can say is that I’ve never seen a ghost before, that’s why I’ve made this video,” he added.
“This is the first time that I can really say that I have a good memory for the birds.”
He said he believes he was mistaken for “a ghost” and had taken a “very good photo” of the bird in his phone.
“What I was seeing was not a real bird,” he explained.
“So it was definitely a ghost.”
The Ministry of Environment says that while it’s not the first sighting of a