Shark Photos

Status: Hoax photo challenge offers a series of images of sharks and challenges their readers to guess whether they're real or fake. About half of the images have been posted here before, but that still leaves half that should be new. Here are a few of the ones I hadn't seen before.

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They are, from left to right: fake, fake, and probably fake real. The diver attacked by a shark is from a Weekly World News cover. The girl swimming with sharks is an image created by Australian photographer Mike Berceanu (it's a composite of a number of different images), and the one of the shark approaching a kayaker just looks too good to be true (though there's no firm evidence that it is fake), but it's real. It appeared in the September 2005 edition of Africa Geographic.

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Posted on Sat Jun 24, 2006


The third one is real, according to Snopes.
Posted by Ty  on  Sat Jun 24, 2006  at  05:32 PM
The shark-and-the-kayaker image is real. See:

What do you think of this giant jellyfish? Real or not?
Posted by Willy  on  Sun Jun 25, 2006  at  05:43 AM
Yea the third one is real, I've seen this before. It's some guy doing research into sharks and they intentionally lured the sharks closer to them
Posted by Alun  on  Sun Jun 25, 2006  at  05:54 AM
the 3rd one isnt really a shark. its actually a dolfin
Posted by asdfgh  on  Sun Jun 25, 2006  at  08:08 PM
I think you're thinking another image with a "shark" in a wave next to a surfer, asdfgh. This one with the kayak is in fact a Great White.

And the jellyfish is a fake, but well-done, composite.

However, if anyone can come up with a picture of an octopus that big, I'd be more inclined to believe it. 😊
Posted by Fred  on  Sun Jun 25, 2006  at  08:16 PM
All I know is that Alex, you need to practice your left and right a little. I think you meant to identify the validity of the images "from left to right", not "from right to left."

Posted by karen  on  Sun Jun 25, 2006  at  10:40 PM
The center one is nice photoshopping but he doesn't have enough 3 dimensionality in the pic to make it look realistic(still better than I can do).The distances between the girl and the surface and the shark and the surface also seem to be different.

There's a nice teal outline around the diver in the jellfish pic from cutting him out of another picture, so fake.
Posted by gabuhaha  on  Mon Jun 26, 2006  at  10:40 AM
Hi, this is Willy from Divester. Thanks for taking the time to post this on Museum of Hoaxes. I'm pleased to see people like spotting these fake images. Please don't be shy and come vote for the Scary Jellyfish image:

Despite gabuhaha's comment (above), bear in mind that giant jellyfish invaded Japan this year! In other words, it could be real!!!
Posted by Willy Volk  on  Mon Jun 26, 2006  at  10:45 AM
"In other words, it could be real!!!"

Well, I'd say it's not since it looks like they just added a diver to the photo on this page:
Posted by Glenn  on  Mon Jun 26, 2006  at  06:52 PM
Re: 3rd shot 'kayaker'

I'm having a very hard time remembering the details of this event. But sometime back in the '80s early '90s there was a (lethal?) attack by a (white shark?) on kayaker(s) off the California coast (Malibu?). He (they?) was missing for some time before the kayak (& he; they?) was found w/ a huge gaping white shark bite.

I am a scuba diver & tend to dismiss most shark tails 😉 as misrepresentations for the sake of the media's hyping public interest. However this unfolded over a time span & was widely reported similarly by various media. I'm certain this incident happened, I frustratingly don't have all the details in mind any longer. Any memory joges deeply appreciated.

I also vaguely remember that it was a newly wed couple & they were both in the kayak. But I wouldn't bet a plugged nickel on it.

As an aside, I have a dive buddy named Andy who regularly kayaked & dove off the Malibu coast after work.

Thanks, J. McGraw
Posted by J. McGraw  on  Tue Jun 27, 2006  at  11:02 AM
I really screwed up that entry. Everything is now corrected.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Sat Jul 01, 2006  at  12:20 PM
i tell you the first and 2end one is too good 🐛 :roll:
Posted by iffat  on  Fri Nov 09, 2007  at  10:21 PM
Hi there guys my favorite picutre of a shark is a great white shark because all the other sharks suck and great whites don't.
love ali
Posted by ali  on  Sat Dec 01, 2007  at  06:59 AM
guys great white sharks rock ok and other sharks suck! 💋
love ali
Posted by ali  on  Sat Dec 01, 2007  at  07:00 AM
Hi there guys i just wish we could save the sharks from being killed because now a days peopleare killing sharks.
love ali
Posted by alicox  on  Sat Dec 01, 2007  at  07:02 AM
Hi there guys does everyone on here have a favorite shark? I do i just love great white sharks which are my favorite shark ever since the movie jaws
Posted by alibleiweiss  on  Sat Mar 29, 2008  at  06:38 PM
wow...cause THIS i dont like sharks
but they're in his home...and not us
Posted by A2  on  Thu Jul 03, 2008  at  04:46 PM
the third pic is fake make it bigger and look at it if you dont see the two pic line then get your eyes checked. 😛
Posted by jenna  on  Mon Jul 28, 2008  at  12:03 PM
hey genius the line is due tho the fact that the photo is form a magazine. The Photo is genuine. The Video footage of that expedition was on shark week. Get the facts before you get irrate.
Posted by michael  on  Sat Aug 16, 2008  at  01:10 PM
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