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Hoax – Giant Killer Snake Found in the Red Sea

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating message that features images depicting a gigantic snake on the back of a large military truck claims that the snake was found in the Red Sea after it had killed 320 tourists and 125 divers.

Brief Analysis

Clearly, the pictures do not show an actual gigantic snake. And the claims in the message are utter nonsense. There are no credible reports that confirm the message’s claims in any way. The same pictures were used in an earlier hoax message that claimed that the snake was caught in a lake in Iran rather than in the Red Sea.

Example

AMAZING GIANT SNAKE . LIKE & SHARE THIS NEWS

Praise of God were killed snake killer and the Red Sea that killed 320 tourists and 125 Egyptian diver, and has been the killers by a professional team of elite Egyptian scientists and divers qualified Egypt.

Names of scientists who participated in the process of catching the huge snake were:
D. Karim Mohammed, d. Mohammed Sharif, d. Mr. Sea, d. Mahmoud students, d. Mazen Al-Rashidi.

And the names of divers who participated in the process of catching the huge snake were:
Ahmed leader, Abdullah Karim, fisherman Knight, Wael Mohammed, Mohammed Haridi, spears Alvajuma, Mahmoud Shafik, a full-Sharif.

The Snake body has been transferred to in the Egypt morgue at Sharm El Sheikh international animal.

Giant Red Sea Snake Hoax

 

Amazing Giant Snake Found in the Red Sea that killed 320 tourists and 125 Egyptian divers, has been killed by a professional team of elite Egyptian scientists and qualified divers.

Names of the scientists who participated in the process of catching the huge snake were: D. Karim Mohammed, d. Mohammed Sharif, d. Mr. Sea, d. Mahmoud students, d. Mazen Al-Rashidi.

And the names of the divers who participated in the process of catching the huge snake were: Ahmed leader, Abdullah Karim, fisherman Knight, Wael Mohammed, Mohammed Haridi, spears Alvajuma, Mahmoud Shafik, a full-Sharif. The Snake body has been transferred to in the Egypt morgue at Sharm El Sheikh international animal.

(Same image as shown above)

 

Detailed Analysis

This message, which is making its way around Facebook and the blogging community, features images showing a gigantic snake laid out on the back of a military transport vehicle. According to the description that comes with the images, the ‘amazing giant snake’ was killed in the Red Sea, Egypt by an elite team of scientists and divers.

But, claims the message, not before it killed no less than 320 tourists and 125 Egyptian divers. The message goes on to name the intrepid scientists and divers who captured the beast and claims that its body has now been moved to a morgue.

The claims in the message are complete nonsense and the images do not show an actual giant snake. In fact, as tall tales go, this one is tall indeed. Of course, if a huge snake had really been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people in Egypt, then the world’s media would be in a frenzy on the story since the outset and it would have been widely reported by news outlets virtually everywhere. Especially if the giant beast had just been captured and killed as claimed. But, not at all surprisingly, there are no credible references whatsoever about the killer snake or its demise.
Moreover, the same pictures have circulated in another context in which it is claimed that the snake was captured in Iran rather than Egypt. The version below is translated from a Persian language forum post:

The giant snake know as ‘Mgamarmalad’ , was found in a half-dead state 1 week ago Thursday 22 July 2012 near Karaj Dam . This snake which is about 43 meters long and 6 m wide, is the only survivor of its kind and scientists say it is 103 years old! Mgamarmalad reported that after receiving artificial respiration, in a better situation to move and soon will be on display at the zoo paradise.

The Iranian version makes no mention of killed divers or tourists and suggests that the snake is in fact still alive. (Although, it begs the question of how you would give artificial respiration to a 43 meter snake). Of course, the Iranian version is just as silly and fanciful as the Red Sea version.

As for the images, the truck and and the soldier standing on the cab are clearly toys or models. It seems apparent that someone has simply draped a rubber snake – or perhaps a real but normal size snake – over a toy truck and then snapped some close-up photos that make the items seem large in comparison to their background. A simple trick that even inexperienced photographers could manage.

The instigator of the story probably created the images and description as a harmless prank. Nevertheless, there are at least a few wide-eyed recipients out there that are apparently swallowing the story hook, line and sinker.  

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