Malaysian Sea Monster
In an email with the subject "Giant Fish - Caught in Malaysia? Apparently...,"
Joshua Penley asks: "What the HELL is this?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!"
This sounds like a question for Big Gary, the museum's Deputy Curator in Charge of Fish. I would simply note that the guys in the photos don't look particularly Malaysian, making it a case of "real picture, fake caption."
The bottom picture reminds me of a picture of a (fake looking) sea monster, taken in 1906 on the beach at Ballard, Washington and now part of the Library of Congress's collection:
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