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Issue 170 - January, 2014 (2nd Edition) - Page 10

Fake - Giant Squid Image

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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.

Cartoon giant squid

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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).

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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.

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Last updated: January 10, 2014
First published: January 10, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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  2. 'Profile Visitors for Facebook' Rogue App and Survey Scam
  3. PG & E Energy Statement Malware Emails
  4. Fake Picture: 'Thailand Snake Girl' - Serpentosis Malianorcis
  5. Tom Crist Lottery Win Advance Fee Scam
  6. Legoland Child Abduction Attempt Hoax
  7. Fake Picasa 'New Photos' Emails Point to Dodgy Pharmacy Website
  8. 'Win a Disney Cruise' Survey Scam
  9. Bogus Advice - Block Hackers by Adding 'Security' to Facebook Blocking Function
  10. Fake - Giant Squid Image
  11. Commonwealth Bank 'eStatement Ready' Phishing Scam
  12. 'Singer Rihanna Found to be Dead' Facebook Survey Scam
  13. Satire - Pope Francis and the 'Third Vatican Council'
  14. Snow Canyon Roadway Image
  15. Albert (Tapper) Torney and the Can Car Sculptures That He Did NOT Make
  16. 'Your Atmos Energy Bill is Available' Malware Email
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  18. Sainsbury's 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scame
  19. Satire - '18 Million Birds Dead New Year's Eve'
  20. Hoax - 'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado'
  21. Hoax Report Claims Paul Walker Faked His Own Death
  22. 'Shark Eats Swimming Man' Facebook Survey Scam
  23. 'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails
  24. 'Most Fatal Car Accident' Survey Scam
  25. Hoax - Extraordinary Planetary Alignment To Decrease Gravity on January 4
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  27. Michael Jackson Died Years Ago Hoax
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