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FAKE-NEWS: ‘Whale Found in Utah Field’

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on December 9, 2014

Outline

Circulating report describes the mysterious discovery of a dead whale in a Utah dairy farmer’s field. 

Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are nonsense. A whale was not found in a Utah field. The story comes via the fake-news ‘satire’ website World News Daily Report. The stories published on the site are fiction and should not be taken seriously.

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Mysterious Remains of A Whale Found in a Field in Utah

Farmington| A dairy farmer from a small town near the Great Salt Lake in Utah, made an incredible discovery on his property while he was looking for one of his cows that had not returned.

Utah Whale Hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a story currently making its way around the interwebs, a Utah dairy farmer made a mysterious discovery while searching for a lost cow. Supposedly, the farmer found the body of a 12-meter Humpback whale ‘laying lifeless in the middle of one of his fields’, far from the ocean.

The report claims that local police investigated, but found no trace of any vehicles capable of transporting such a huge carcass. But, notes the story, a strange flying object has been reported in the area.

However, the report is just another piece of viral fiction churned out by the fake-news website World News Daily Report.

World News Daily Report is a satirical entertainment website. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

The site presents its fictional material in news format and does not include a clear disclaimer informing readers that its stories are made up. Thus, many visitors are tricked into believing that the site’s stories are real news and are apt to pass them on to others. 

The whale image used in the fake story depicts a rare sei whale that died after being trapped in the Humber Estuary, Yorkshire UK in 2011. The whale’s body was deposited on a salt marsh during a high tide and was subsequently examined by experts.

There are now a large number of fake-news websites online that – between them – churn out a continuous stream of nonsense tricked up as news. It is thus wise to check any ‘news’ stories that come your way via social media or email before you share them with your friends.

Searching a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating story is true.

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