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That whale photo in the news


mjsayles 9 1.0k
21 Jul 2010 9:03PM
I don't know if anybody else has seen the story of the whale breaching and crushing a yacht - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-10712323

Saw it earlier this afternoon, and the first thing I thought is that the photo looks fake - but I'm not sure why!

Then I saw the story on the Fox News website - http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/07/21/whale-leaps-water-lands-couples-sailboat - where there's a few reader comments saying it's fake.

So what do you think??

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mjsayles 9 1.0k
21 Jul 2010 9:06PM
One thing that makes me wonder is the guy on deck - surely by the point the photo is taken he'd have looked around to see what the noise or huge shape to his left is?
21 Jul 2010 9:54PM

Quote:One thing that makes me wonder is the guy on deck
he does seem a bit static.. maybe he's frozen to the spot! how do the sceptics explain the damaged boat?
IanFlindt 10 739 21 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2010 9:57PM

Quote:A nearby tourist caught the moment on camera.


As one does. Camera at the ready, concentrating on the yacht, just in case a whale should come to call. Wink
magnus 10 661 5 United Arab Emirates
22 Jul 2010 10:33AM

Quote:how do the sceptics explain the damaged boat?


He did something embarrasingly stupid and is now trying to con the insurance company!

Even the compact camera with the longest shutter lag could have caught another pic with the whale crashing into the yacht, and then sliding into the sea! So where are they?

Fake
brian1208 Plus
11 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 10:38AM
you are not a "yachty" are you Magnus - its difficult to think of "something embarassingly stupid" that would cause the damage shown (but whale impact would do it Wink )
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
22 Jul 2010 10:53AM

Quote:Even the compact camera with the longest shutter lag could have caught another pic with the whale crashing into the yacht, and then sliding into the sea! So where are they?


Perhaps they weren't considered as dramatic? That they weren't published doesn't mean they weren't taken.
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
22 Jul 2010 10:55AM

Quote:(but whale impact would do it )


Altogether now:

"Whale meat again...." Wink
brian1208 Plus
11 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 11:41AM
Oh no Jools - did you have to (you will have me "Blubbering"! Wink )
User_Removed 8 485 13 England
24 Jul 2010 8:32AM
brian1208 Plus
11 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2010 9:04AM
QED (unless you believe that the video was a fake too?)
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2010 10:38PM
i was just going to say to everyone saying its fake.... is the video a fake too then Wink
spaceman 11 5.2k 3 Wales
25 Jul 2010 1:13AM
It used to be that people were fooled by pictures that were fakes - now they're being fooled by pictures that aren't fakes. Strange world.
brian1208 Plus
11 10.7k 12 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2010 8:11AM

Quote:now they're being fooled by pictures that aren't fakes
then again, maybe the envy that someone got such a shot makes them wish that it was a fake?

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