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The Skeleton Coast is an infamous stretch of coastline running down the south of Angola and northern Namibia. The combination of heavy surf, thick fogs and inhospitable desert have over the years led to more than a thousand shipwrecks and many lost lives. This, combined with the bleached whale and seal bones that covered the shores in the days when whaling was active are what gave the area its name.

This is one of the many shipwrecks I saw during an aerial flight along the coast. This particular wreck was the Eduard Bohlen, situated about 200m 400m inland (thanks Wikipedia! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduard_Bohlen) as a result of the constantly shifting sands. I can only imagine how out of place it must look from ground level where the sea wouldn't be visible, though I can't imagine getting to it over ground would be very easy!

Here's it's location on Google Maps: http://g.co/maps/z2hc7
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Great catch...
Is it possible to go out ther by car (jeep)?
 
Thanks +James Lizamore. It's an amazing coastline don't you think? I'd love to go back some day and explore it further.

+Peter Misfeldt yes it is possible by good 4WD though I think that besides the very difficult terrain there is also a bit of a hurdle to get permits (I think due to the presence of diamonds in the area). No doubt tour operators can organise it one way or another.
 
+Chris Miller Thanks, I'mm gonna look futher into it, I love those kind of places...
 
+Peter Misfeldt feel free to ask if you have any questions about travelling there.

Linking to names should just work automatically. Once you've typed "+C" a drop-down of matching names should appear, and the list narrows down as you type more characters. This works for me with Firefox, Chrome, and Android. Perhaps you're posting from a browser or mobile app that doesn't support the feature?
 
I think you should definitely go back, mainly for the diamonds in the area! ;)
 
Did everyone make it off the boat before the sand came in lol
 
+Robert Martin unfortunately not - the ship ran into a waterbank then everyone was lost overboard when they were hit by a huge dune ;)
 
I am utterly fascinated by this image +Chris Miller. I stared at it a long time before I read your text letting my mind decide what I was looking at! And even after realizing it and then reading it, I am still totally fascinated. The shadow is splendid. :)
 
I hadn't really considered it might be hard to figure out the subject but then of course I knew what it was when I took the photo! Interesting how the mind works and tries to fill in the gaps - often with surprising results :) What other things did you think it might be +Athena Carey? Presumably something a lot smaller than a 100m long ship?!

My brain went through a similar process when I first saw this photo: https://plus.google.com/105492119742825421749/posts/8kneTajXjwa - coincidentally also by (a different) +Chris Miller!
 
+Chris Miller I read the title, so when I first looked at it my mind immediately told me it was a sea eroded bone on the beach. I was trying to sort through the textures in the front part of the ship to "get it". And then I was processing the ripples in the sand when I locked on the shadow and my little brain said, "it's a boat!" And then I went back to the "little" ripples in the sand to reconfigure them with my new understanding of the size ratio. What I had instants before seen as washed up beach grasses and gullies in the sand from the tide were now enormous things. It was a bit freaky that transition in realities. ;) Thanks for the trip. :D
 
That sounded like a cool mental journey indeed :) Glad to be of service! (however accidental...)
 
+Chris Miller thanks for the mention! The scale of this really is tough to wrap your head around at first. Nice you were overhead when the sun was at a low angle - the shadows are killer. Nice one!
 
Cheers +Chris Miller. I picked a late afternoon flight in the hope the sun would work in my favour, I guess it paid off :)
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