Although the island existed when looked at marine charts, world maps and Google Earth, it could not be located when a group of researchers led by Dr Maria
Seton, a geologist from the University of Sydney explored the oceans. Either the island had mysteriously vanished or it had never existed.
Once person who believes he has solved the mystery, is Shaun Higgins, a researcher at Auckland Museum. Higgins started investigating and claimed it never
existed, with a whaling ship the source of the original error.
This November 22, 2012 photo illustration shows a computer screen displaying the Google Maps location of Sandy Island, which Australian
scientists said last month did not exist. It now appears to have been removed from Google Maps.
"As far as I can tell, the island was recorded by the whaling ship the Velocity," Higgins told ABC radio, adding that the ship's master reported a series
of "heavy breakers" and some "sandy islets".
"My supposition is that they simply recorded a hazard at the time. They might have recorded a low-lying reef or thought they saw a reef.
They could have been in the wrong place. There is all number of possibilities," he said. "
But what we do have is a dotted shape on the map that's been recorded at that time and it appears it's simply been copied over time."
Whether mr. Higgins really solved this mystery remains an opene question, but Sandy Island has been removed from maps for now.