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Fake – Giant Squid Image

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating message featuring an image depicting a massive squid on a beach surrounded by onlookers claims that it is the second giant sea creature washed ashore in recent months.

Brief Analysis

The picture is fake. The giant squid has been added to another photograph using digital manipulation software. The original image depicts people gathered around a dead whale in Chile. (See detailed analysis below for a link to the original image).

Example

Giant Squid Hoax Image

 

Detailed Analysis

A message currently going viral on Facebook features an image depicting a massive squid washed up on a beach with a group of onlookers gathered around it.

The message claims that the squid measured 160 feet from head to tentacle tip. It also claims that the squid is the second giant sea creature washed up in California in recent months, the first being a “freakish” 100-foot long oarfish.
The message links to a report on a website called “The Lightly Braised Turnip”. The report claims that the giant creatures are the result of “radioactive gigantism” caused by radiation leaked from Japan’s stricken Fukushima power plant.

However, the claims in both the circulating message and the linked report are nonsense and the giant squid picture is fake.

The picture is the result of digital manipulation. The person who created the image has taken a photograph of a dead whale washed up on a beach in Chile and added a squid to the image in such a way that the squid looks gigantic.

The original picture was published on the 4th Media website with the following caption:

People gather around a dead whale after it beached on the Maule beach at the gulf of Arauco, some 550 km southwest of Santiago, near Concepcion city Nov 3, 2011.

The “Lightly Braised Turnip” is a satirical/humour website that presents fictional stories in news format. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer