An island off the coast of Japan has mysteriously vanished, and we’re pretty sure we know why: Godzilla.
At least that’s the favorite theory of the internet, as most are unsure as to the real reason why the uninhabited island of Esanbehanakitakojima has seemingly vanished off the face of the Earth. The island, located about a half-mile from the village of Sarufutsu, was previously visible from land, but now can not be spotted anywhere, according to ComicBook.com. Its location had been used to mark the nation’s waters in the contested Northern Territories, which are also claimed by Russia, making its disappearance pretty significant for the region. So what’s behind its disappearance? That’s where Godzilla comes in.
Twitter lit up last week with fans poking fun at the islet’s disappearance, and claiming the King of all Kaiju was behind the mystery. “There’s only reason an island in Tokyo (sic) disappears,” one fan tweeted alongside a gif of Godzilla doing a celebratory dance.
There’s only one reason an island in Tokyo disappears pic.twitter.com/M7Pq9oLeuy
— Logan Keith (@Logan_Keith96) November 6, 2018
Another blamed both Godzilla and his fellow Kaiju, Anguirus, stating the two fell into the ocean during a spirited game of badminton (of all things).
Yeah and these two fell off that Island as it was sinking during their game of badminton. It was such a nice day & a really good game very close. #GODZILLA #Anguirus #IslandLife #MYSTERY @GodzillaMovies @Mike_Dougherty @TohoKingdom @Danzilla93_GNP @GodzillaSays @Godzilla pic.twitter.com/KKuHwMAqYe
— Joe JUiCE McCarthy (@JoEjuiCeisloose) November 6, 2018
But not everyone is convinced Godzilla was behind the disappearance, as this movie fan offers up a different explanation:
Put it back, Gru! pic.twitter.com/pZP8OzooQU
— 🐾BloodyHellKaren 🦈 (@SanDiegoN8v) November 3, 2018
Whether it’s Godzilla, Gru, or natural causes to blame for the island’s disappearance, Japan is hoping it resurfaces soon, otherwise the nation stands to lose 500 meters of its territorial waters.