Posted on Fri Jun 11, 2004
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I'd place it right up there with all the "real photographic evidence" you can find nowadays about the chupacabra. ( I remember when all the "proof" was just "eyewitness accounts" and art ...but now you can find quite a few disturbing chupacabra-related pictures )
Then I thought about it. Sure it's possible but I have a feeling this would have been all over the news somewhere. Look closer and you'll see the flaws. We live in a world where photoshop can doctor pretty much anything. The photo is obviously a good illusion and makes for a good fish story. First clue is the bodies aren't the same size. Second, the left body scale patterns are not really facing the same direction as the one on the right for the angle the fish would be laying. There's a crease where the right body gill is. The left body's head was inserted into the gills of the right fish and a little photoshop was (or could have been) done. (Notice how the left body's dark back disappears inside the lighter gills).
Great picture though...had me at first.
The photoshop was done well and I agree about the insertion of the right gill. Also, the e-mail I received stated it was caught in Canada.