Update: A running hare. A jumping frog. A hungry dinosaur. Readers suggested that the arrangement of islands pictured here bears resemblance to such terrestrial creatures. But in this part of the southern Philippines, it is the aquatic life that sustains the livelihoods of many islanders. Read more about Tawi-Tawi in our April 23 Image of the Day. Congratulations to Reven Gibaga, Matthew Meyers, and Krzysztof Luszczki for being among the first readers to correctly identify the location. Thanks also for sharing your creative interpretations of the image.
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A young moose galloping across a field
It is Tawi-Tawi Island in the Philippines. It shaped like a crocodile that the mouth is open.
It is Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines! It reminds me of a leaping frog. I posted a crude drawing/outline of my vision on the Facebook post.
It’s a beautiful Tawi-Tawi island that belongs to Philippines.
The shape of the islands looks like an open dinosaur jaw trying to bite something 🙂
Wish I could travel one day to Philippines. It has millions of interesting places that I would like to explore also from my drone.
1] ‘looks like an open dinosaur jaw trying to bite something’ YES!
Tawi-Tawi province, Philippines
As earth trying to increase (eat like whales) more land but at the back human keep destroying it.
In this image, i saw different patterns of various animals/organisms. I saw a frog , snake , dinosaur and crocodile. The pattern have something to say to the humanity that there are also different species/organisms that lives here in earth.
Except for dinosaur, they don’t exist up to the present 😂😂😂
It’s the Tawi-tawi Islands in the Philippines and for me it looks like the head of a Crocodile.
The image shows the Tawi-Tawi Province here in the Philippines. The moment I first saw the image, I imagined an image of a frog jumping on rocks!
Tawi Tawi island,.. is an island province in the Philippines located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The capital of Tawi-Tawi is Bongao
5° 12′ 0″ N, 120° 5′ 0″ E
its Tawi-Tawi Island of the Philippines
I’d say Frog, but looks like I’m wrong with my Alaska response! Lol
Location: Tawi-Tawi, Philippines (Tawitawi island, Philippines)
Features: I can see a giant broken eyeglass. A legend from the Philippines states that two giants, one from Luzon and another from Mindanao fought each other by throwing giant balls of dirt that formed the Visayas. Maybe the gain from Mindanao was hit by a ball of dirt and his eyeglass was thrown away which became the Tawitawi island.
From Notre Dame of Marbel University 🙂
and for me its ressembles a flea 😂
Tawi Tawi Island
It’s in Tawi-tawi province in the Philippines, it’s like a gigantic green Tyrannosaurus rex eating an entire island lol
As far as i am able to recognize, this satellite pic is of the Caribbean islands, Cuba, Havana et al.
This depiction seems like a Tyrannosaurus with its mouth open wide across the sea!
The main island shown in the picture is Tawitawi island. Chains of reeves surrounding the island are characterized by beautiful arch structures and a few tidal deltas. In addition, the southern coast of the island seems to have experienced a subsidence event before. The northern one has much simple shapes. Overall this island has a quite dynamic coast and looks very fine!!!
Location of the image is Tawi Tawi Island, Philipines.
The island which is looking like ‘a frog jumping to catch its pray’ is significant for one of the earliest known evidence of human presence in Southeast Asia.
Looks like a T-Rex head about to eat something.
Location is the southern part of the Philippines Island and it is called Tawi tawi. Shape like rabbit running.
The animal I see is Tyrannosaurus Rex according to my knowledge, and I guess the location is Fundão Island because I remember when I searching about artificial islands around the world.
Tawi-tawi Island in Philippines
Looks like a kangaroo to me.
Twai-Twai island and outlying small islands in the Sulu archipelago, Philippines.
It’s like a jumping toad.
Highly vegetated main island, white sandy beaches and widespread shallow waters.
(I used an image searching tool and I found this article https://kapuluanngpilipinas.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/autonomous-region-in-muslim-mindanao/ )
Location:Tawi-tawi and It’s look like a head of horse while mouth are open.
Resemblance: Iceberg slowly melting away into the ocean
I have found it! It is a Tawitawi Island, between the Sulu Sea of the Celebes Sea.
I definitely see a running bear! I was rater shocked though to see that on an ordinary map (not a satellite one) the front leg is just one island!
It looks like a Rabbit.
Tawitawi Island. Philippines
It’s Cuba & Bahamas.
Looks like Anteater.
The island in the photo is Tawi-Tawi Island, from the Philippines. To me, it looks like an upside down cranium fossil of a creature somewhat similar to a dinosaur, or even a dragon (’cause they’re my favorite creatures).
Its islands that is forming a young moose 👌
It is Tawi-tawi Island from my country, Philippines. It looks like a T-Rex head.
Home to approximately 400,000 people as well as several unique or endangered species of plants and animals found only in this region. Also the future site of a ‘world class economic zone.’ I think the most striking part of the image is the extent of ecologic damage on the north shore of the island and the neighboring island of Tumbagaan. If you hold out your left arm and “rock on” 🤘 you can line it up so it looks like an x-ray of your hand and fingers.
This is the earth, including all the continents.
Its Tawi-Tawi, Philliphines. ❤️
looks like Papua New Guinea
It looks like a kind of dinosaur.
It is Tawi-Tawi Island, from the Philippines.
In me point of view, It looks like a running bunny. Just by looking at the individual islands, it seems like a connected bones/joints of a bunny. It also timely because it’s Easter day.
Tawi-Tawi, Philliphines. Looks like a frog
I don’t know what the location is, but it looks like a green toad swallowing a neon blue firefly.
Location- Tawi-Tawi province, Philippines
It’s a bunny running very fast with a filled tummy.
Jaja Binks eating an ice cream
Es la Isla Tawi-Tawi en Filipinas y en cuanto la vi, me pareció un conejo corriendo apurado
The pale blue ‘borders’ around many of the islands (big and small) indicate (probably) shallow reefs and/or ‘blooms’ of algae (which mutually support the local marine ecosystem.
That’s in Cuba!!
I see in the image is a polar bear. The location of this image is in the Tawi-Tawi Island in the Phillipines.
Location- Tawi-Tawi province, Philippines
It looks like a frog to me!
Tawi Tawi Island (Philippines). On the edges of some islands it has a blue glow. Looks like a saber-toothed tiger to me.
It’s Tawi-tawi, Philippines. An island province in the Philippines located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The capital of Tawi-Tawi is Bongao. Love lots from Province of Lanao del Norte, Philippines.
It’s like an iceberg melting in the ocean. 😁
Twi-Twi islands in southern Philippines and look like a jumping frog to grab its prey.
Tawi-tawi island in the Philippines! Flipping the image upside down you get an elephant raising its tusk!!
Tawi tawi island
It looks like a t-Rex gobbling some prey.
Tawi-tawi island in Philippines. It looks like a frog is jumping to eat something.
It looks like a dinosaur skull too, and opening it’s mouth to eat
Tawi tawi island
Looks like “dinosaur is running “
Baby kangrovve captured during running
some where in the Philippine’s and it’s shape like a rabbit
some where in the Pacific and it’s shape like a rabbit
es ist ein hase bzw der osterhase.
With the north pole melting and south pole gaining sea ice, the poor little polar bear frustrated due to the global warming seems to be desperately migrating from the north pole to the south pole, to try to cross over to Antarctica via the famed drake passage, to not go extinct.
Beautiful Green Fields the 💖 of Mother🌏
Tawi Tawi Islands of Phillipines. For me it resembles dinosaur fossil and also looks like a Leaping frog.
Papua New Guinea looks like a hunting crocodile.
Tawi-Tawi Islands, Phillippines
Looks like a frog, jumping
Brisitsh virgin islands
Location : Tawi-Tawi Islands
Shape : similar to a rabbit.
It is Tawi-Tawi Island in Philippines, For me it is look like a greeny cooling glass!! :p
Some where in the Philippines.
To me it is definitely the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
He is running along, clasping his pocket watch and shouting “I’m late!”.
Tawi Tawi, Filipine. It looks like a small Island who got problems at home with his mom, Madame Big Island and is trying to escape so it started swimming and now it reached Black Sea shores because it want to stay for a longer period here to party and forget the home problems! Like we all should do!
This is the Tawi-Tawi Archipelago in Southern Philippines. The image looks like a dinosaur or a leaping frog.
There are definitely two areas with loss of forest covers brought about by operations in the extractive industry.
It’s tawi tawi island in Philippines and look like a rabbit running for his life.
Tawi tawi island and look like a running rabbit.
These are islands of the province of Tawi-Tawi in the southernmost part of the Philippines. It looks like a frog eating something or a dinosaur head.
An Anteater blowing a Lugee out of his snout.
A Moray Eel.
Papua New Guinea island…it looks like a toad whose tooth just broke while chewing something
Ilhas Twi-Twi no sul das Filipinas. Daniel Boone sentado tomando o bom e velho whisky do Kentucky!
It’s a bunny rabbit 🐇 , hopping off to the left!
Polar bear walking..
It is Tawi-Tawi Island in the Philippines. It looks like a dinosaur that wants to eat something round.
Location : Tawi-Tawi Island in Philippines
The shape / pattern looks like a large animal with long legs, a small tail, and a big nose.
It’s our Home the province of Tawi-Tawi the southernmost part of the Philippines and WOW 😲 its like a jumping frog eating something 😅
Tyrannosaurus rex with open mouth running and shaping
Papua New Guinea island
It seems like a lady crawling
Rabbit running with its ears back
A pregnant woman kneeling down on the ground , holding one hand on her stomach
That location is Tawi-Tawi where I live now. Well, the features that stand out for me are the beautiful shape of Dinosaur and rabbit at the same time as if trying to bite some islands.
It’s our Home the southernmost part of the Philippines Tawi-Tawi and at first it looks like a jumping frog but it’s a shape like a crocodile
It looks like a frog.
I think it is Japan and the eastern part of Russia.
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It’s a beautiful Tawi-Tawi island that belongs to Philippines.
The shape of the islands looks like an open dinosaur jaw trying to bite something. Tawi-Tawi is my hometown by the way that’s where i lived
This is my hometown… the Island Province of Tawi-Tawi in the Southern Philippines. It is known to be Philippines Southernmost frontier, the cradle of Islam in the Philippines, and its name is derived from the malay word jaui jaui which mean Far Far Away.
I was born, raised and currently living here. It is the Tawi-Tawi Islands here in the Philippines. It resembles a jumping frog with a head of a dinosaur.
A running hare (rabbit/liebre).
I see coral growing around an eroding triple vent volcano (so a coral atoll with three sections) that is being consumed and submerged by sea-level rise.
I am late to the game but it only took me a few minutes to figure out: 1. The presence of limestone atolls amidst deep water suggests an area of marine volcanism. 2. It doesn’t look like anything in the Caribbean. I went right to the Phillipines and ….you know the rest.
Tawi-Tawi and etc. islands
Long time, more answer and … I see, but alone for this moment I did !!!
PC maps hitchhiker Ivan
To me it looks like a bear on the move.
This is the Tawi-Tawi Archipelago in Southern Philippines, my home town! It is my first time to see the whole Archipelago (in aerial view), it is indeed beautiful.
It resembles a leaping toad with a dinosaur jaw about to swallow a small island.
Proud to say it’s part of our country, the farthest province in the Philippines. This is Tawi-tawi Islands with 11 municipalities and compose of more than 105 islands. But thanks for this, I just noticed this dinosaur trying to eat a small animal. This is very educational and my family even have different views of this map but since I’m the one who saw this first, my image won – Dinosaur!
Tawitawi island, Philipines, near Borneo.
400,000 people, fisherman, some rubber plants, local agreculture.
it looks like a fat man with skinny legs and he has no arms but eats only with his mouth.
also this looks kind of fake but idk maybe its in Hawaii or Cali but i can be wrong.
Ants Head bitting for food. Try rotate it ^_^
Thank you for this information
It is clearly a downwards facing elephant seal.