Optical illusion of 'Giant Dog in a Swimming Pool' Baffles Internet

A picture of a sleeping dog has gone viral over the last few days, leaving the internet wondering whether or not it was a "giant dog sleeping in a pool."

According to the dog's owner, who goes by the username Feeling-View-2394, the pooch is actually a normal-sized Akita sleeping in a canoe, with the angle of the picture giving the false impression that the dog is super-sized.

In a further comment down the thread, they also said they had not realized that they had created an optical illusion: "Because I took the picture I never realized how confusing it could be. Interesting."

The Reddit post, which was shared on Friday, has so far had more than 14,200 upvotes and 50 comments.

RockyRickaby1995 commented: "It looks like a giant dog in an empty pool." NXC160 said: "Exactly my thought."

According to Expert Photography, perspective is the art of making a two-dimensional photograph feel like a three-dimensional scene, giving the image depth. It's technically referred to as the "spatial relationship between objects within an image."

There are many things you can do to change the perspective of an image, for example moving your camera from your eye level. By changing the perspective of the frame, the subject in the picture can appear much bigger, as in the case of the Akita.

Reddit user, Mr-Sister-Fister21 wrote: "I thought it was some crazy street art in a skate park." Shaggy_One answered: "Well can you prove it's not?"

Decibles said: "Anyone else get r/confusedperspective and think it was a giant dog in a swimming pool for a second?" And cpgainer added: "Yep. Gigantic dog in an empty swimming pool."

ParticularDebate1788 said: "Ooh love the fall forest in the background with her coloring."

Milktasd added, "Beautiful dog," and greengrower69 said: "What a gorgeous coat of fur."

MLyraCat said, "Beautiful markings on your dog! Just love him/her!" with Chibeechu writing: "Its so fluffyyyyy."

Star_butterfly123 said, "I just wanna rub my face in his tummyy for ever!!!!" with electrical_Sun5921 adding: "This pup looks like it would blend right in with the nature."

Other users appreciated the picture itself. Stinkoo946 said, "This photo is very therapeutic to look at," with Spoonbills adding: "The color complements in this photo are *kisses fingertips*."

According to the American Kennel Club, Akitas are "muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage" that are famous for their "dignity, courage and loyalty." In Japan they are "venerated as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness and long life."

Newsweek has reached out to Feeling-View-2394 for comment.

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A stock image shows an Akita dog. A picture of an Akita sleeping in a canoe has gone viral for looking like a giant dog in a pool. iStock / Getty Images