Fake-News: “Remains of Nazi Found in Giant Catfish”

Outline:
Circulating “news” story claims that two Polish fishermen have found the remains of a Nazi officer inside a massive catfish caught in the Oder River.




Brief Analysis:
The claims in the report are nonsense. The catfish depicted in the image is real, but it did not contain human remains or Nazi artefacts.  The story comes via the fake-news “satirical” website World News Daily Report. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

Example:
REMAINS OF NAZI OFFICER DISCOVERED INSIDE 100-YEAR OLD GIANT CATFISH

Krosno Odrzańskie| A pair of Polish fisherman made an amazing discovery when they opened the belly of the 410 pound catfish they had just caught in the Oder river. The stomach of the monstrous fish contained fragments of human bones, as well as German military artifacts dating back to the Second World War.

Nazi Giant Catfish Fake-News





Detailed Analysis:
According to a “news” story that has been traversing the interwebs since early April 2015, Polish fishermen have found the remains of a Nazi officer inside a massive catfish caught in the Oder River.

Supposedly, the stomach of the giant fish contained human bones along with a Nazi insignia. The report claims that, after further investigation of the discovery, experts concluded that the remains most likely belonged to a German SS officer who died in Poland during the Second World War.

The report features an image supposedly depicting one of the fishermen with the giant catfish. A second image in the report supposedly shows the human bone fragments.

However, the claims in the report are nonsense. The catfish depicted in the image is real, but it did not contain human remains or Nazi artefacts.

The fictional story comes via the fake-news ‘satirical’ website World News Daily Report. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously. The site includes the following information in a disclaimer page:

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

The site presents its fictional stories in news format and the disclaimer is not included with the stories. Thus, many people believe that the reports are true and share them with their friends. Many of WNDR’s fake reports therefore go viral via social media.

But what of the massive catfish shown in the picture? The picture is genuine. While the fish did not contain any Nazis, it really was caught by fisherman Dino Ferrari in Italy’s Po Delta. The fish weighed 127kg and was 2.67 meters long. The image, with factual information about its origin, circulates in a separate message and was also featured in several news reports about the catch.

The picture in the fake report of human bones shows not a deceased German officer, but the 17th-century remains of “Jane”, a young girl who died at Jamestown Virginia.

It is wise to verify circulating social media ‘news’ stories before you share them. Searching on a news portal such as Google News will normally reveal of a circulating story is true.




Last updated: January 23, 2017
First published: April 30, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
REMAINS OF NAZI OFFICER DISCOVERED INSIDE 100-YEAR OLD GIANT CATFISH
Fake-News: Articles About Satirical Reports and Websites
WNDR Disclaimer
Circulating Image Depicts Fisherman With Massive Catfish
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites