Photographer Khaled Al Enazi, while filming the desert in Saudi Arabia, recorded something unexpected - the rock he photographed looks remarkably like a fish "emerging from the sand". The sight of a giant fish-shaped rock emerging from the sand of the Saudi desert might make one think that it is a mirage during the summer months, but Khaled Al Enazi's photographs prove that he in fact saw an actual rock in that shape emerging from the sand during that time.
A drone was used by Al Enazi to capture the unusual formations while filming the archaeological treasures located in the Al-Ula district, a region widely regarded as one of the oldest in Saudi Arabia - and one famous for its ancient structures.
"While I was documenting the area, a view of a mountain appeared in front of me, its shape suggesting a fish in the heart of the desert," he told CNN via email. Al Enazi says he's probably not the first person to come across the rock formation, but he believes his aerial perspective meant he was the first to notice its unusual shape.
"A photographer's eye sees what people do not see," he said. he said. The photographer aptly named the rock Desert Fish. In drone footage captured by Al Enazi in June this year, the rock formation resembles an aquatic creature swimming through golden sand, and its dorsal fin-like structures also suggest it could be a shark emerging from the depths to stalk its prey.
Since his photos were shared, Al Enazi has had to disappoint imaginative social media users who claimed the rocks were actually the remains of a giant sea beast. "Some have mentioned that it is a real fish that was fossilized millions of years ago, but that's not the case," he said.
"It is sandstone formed by many factors." The photographer is currently working on creating his own YouTube channel dedicated to documenting the Al-Ula region and its fascinating landscape.