A screenshot from the video captured by photographer Khaled Al Enazi of the rock formation resembling a fish. Image Credit: Khaled Al Enazi.

Massive Fish-Shaped Rock Formation Emerges From the Desert

A massive rock formation, resembling a giant fish, emerges in this video captured by a Saudi Arabian photographer.


In some cases, drones show us the world’s hidden wonders by photographing and recording their landscapes from a perspective humans are not accustomed to seeing. I am a drone pilot and have picked up many hours of flying with various drones over the years. I use drones mostly because of their ability to do precisely that and offer a different view to humans. And this is what another drone pilot did. The giant rock has a whimsical shape reminiscent of a large fish. Some would suggest the rock looks like a submarine, but that’s the beauty of letting everyone’s imagination run wild. The giant rock is seen in these photographs almost as if it were emerging from the golden sands of the Saudi Arabian desert.

A “rocky” fish

Photographer Khaled Al Enazi captured these images last June while documenting the archaeological treasures of Al-Ula County in Saudi Arabia, which rivals Jordan’s pink city of Petra in its ancient structures. He told CNN Travel via an email interview that he was photographing the area when the view of a small mountain appeared in front of him. This rock formation resembled a fish emerging from the desert. In the email, Al Enazi noted that it is probably not the first time the rock formation has been observed. Nonetheless, he believes it was his aerial perspective that spotted its strange silhouette with dorsal fin-like structures for the first time.



A historical area

He named his discovery “Desert Fish” because of these peculiar characteristics. Since the photos were shared, social media users have taken it as far as suggesting the rocks are the remains of a giant sea beast. There have been some reports that the fossilized fish is a real fish, but that’s not true, he said. Saudi town Al-Ula offers stunning desert views covered by nearly 22,500 square kilometers of sandstone. Lihyan, the ancient Southern Nabatean city, was established in this area. At Mada’in Saleh, north of the Al-Ula Valley, they carved spectacular tombs into rock outcrops. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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