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.
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).
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.