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    mjsayles
    mjsayles  81019 forum posts
    21 Jul 2010 - 9:03 PM

    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-sailbo... - where there's a few reader comments saying it's fake.

    So what do you think??

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    mjsayles
    mjsayles  81019 forum posts
    21 Jul 2010 - 9:06 PM

    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?

    answersonapostcard
    answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012596 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Jul 2010 - 9:54 PM


    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
    IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Jul 2010 - 9:57 PM


    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
    magnus  9661 forum posts United Arab Emirates5 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2010 - 10:33 AM


    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
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2010 - 10:38 AM

    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
    joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2010 - 10:53 AM


    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
    joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2010 - 10:55 AM


    Quote: (but whale impact would do it )

    Altogether now:

    "Whale meat again...." Wink

    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2010 - 11:41 AM

    Oh no Jools - did you have to (you will have me "Blubbering"! Wink )

    User_Removed
    24 Jul 2010 - 8:32 AM

    Video

    brian1208
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Jul 2010 - 9:04 AM

    QED (unless you believe that the video was a fake too?)

    BigRick
    BigRick  82085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Jul 2010 - 10:38 PM

    i was just going to say to everyone saying its fake.... is the video a fake too then Wink

    spaceman
    spaceman  105166 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Jul 2010 - 1:13 AM

    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
    brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Jul 2010 - 8:11 AM


    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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