Reddit sleuths work on Google Maps sand mystery

Reddit sleuths work on Google Maps sand mystery
Reddit sleuths work on Google Maps sand mystery. Image - Google Street View

Reddit users are trying to decipher a mysterious message that was written in the sand and caught on Google Maps.

The mysterious and cryptic message can be seen in one of the 360 still images on Google Street View. It is captured on a beach in Cape Verde (Africa), specifically, Tarrafal.

In the image, you can see a man who is crouching on the wet sand and is writing some lines that have become an enigma for Reddit users.


The first debate that has been opened is about the language in which the mysterious message is written. Although at first, someone pointed out that it is Portuguese, another user corrected him.

Reddit sleuths work on Google Maps sand mystery

“That is not Portuguese, it is Cape Verdean Creole, it is based on Portuguese, but they are not mutually intelligible,” said the user.

Another user explains that it is a text dedicated to a local singer, but that it still doesn’t make much sense.

“A bit of context. Bana was a very popular Cape Verdean singer. The writings do not make much sense, and it seems to me that the person has mental health problems,” they wrote.

The text could be translated as: “Bana, I miss you/Come read! Alone/Ball! Who?/Did you sing? Alone!/Bongo? Not alone!/Bana and the seas/Bana! Alone come back/Bana! Star …”

Can you decipher the mysterious message?

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Laura is from a small seaside town in North Wales and has also lived in Liverpool and Manchester, where she studied English Literature and worked in social media and marketing. Laura moved to the city of Zaragoza last August to teach English, but after missing the coast she decided to move to beautiful Nerja to enjoy the sun and sea. Laura has a passion for animals, films, outdoor activities, writing and the environment.


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