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Issue 115 - June 2011 - Page 5

Video Showing Man Taken by Killer Whale

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Outline
A viral video appears to show a man taken by a killer whale as he walks along a beach.



Brief Analysis
The video is not real footage and the man was not eaten by the killer whale. In fact, the video is a TV ad for La Sirena, a retail chain located in the Dominican Republic.

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Last updated: 19th May 2011
First published: 19th May 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Subject: ....... for a killer whale, Just a walk on the beach.

Be careful when walking the beach...






Detailed Analysis
This "viral" video which circulates via Youtube, social networks and email, appears at first glance to show a man standing on a beach near the water's edge suddenly taken and eaten by a killer whale.

However, fear not, the video is not real footage of a killer whale attack on a human and the man was not actually eaten. In fact, the video is a TV advertisement for La Sirena, a chain of retail stores located in the Dominican Republic. The ad copy at the end of the video reads "No todos los lapices dan suerte solo el lapiz la suerte de La Sirena" which, translated to English means "Not all pencils give you luck, just the pencil "La Suerte" from la Sirena".

The strange talk of pencils may seem a little baffling. However, it apparently makes reference to La Sirena's previously aired "Lucky Pencil" promotion. The Lucky Pencil was a character created by the company as a Back To School promotional campaign. The promotion claimed that you can "learn the whole world" with "The Pencil of Luck" and gave people the chance of winning prizes such as laptops or trips away.

Thus, the Killer Whale ad is apparently just a part of this "Lucky Pencil" promotional campaign.

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References
La Sirena
Lápiz de la Suerte La Sirena
La Sirena - Facebook



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