Shrimpzilla photo: Don’t grab the cocktail sauce yet

This was passed to me via @ShadowWolf_32 on Twitter. It’s going around Facebook as from Florida. It’s OBVIOUSLY DOUBTFUL but several clues point to it as outright FAKE.


Why I say it’s fake:

  1. It’s on Facebook. There is no other corroboration to show it’s a real catch. If it was, this would be all over the news.
  2. Shrimp don’t get this large. The largest found is less than a foot.
  3. The man hands do not look correct to be holding such a large animal. It looks photoshopped. This would be a relatively simple thing to fake.
  4. Stories like this are popular as a joke to see if they go viral; that is a superior explanation than a monstrous shrimp.
  5. It’s on Facebook. Oh… I just wanted to emphasize that.

The image is not showing up in many other locations. That is, I could not find the origin of it with a backstore. That’s the kicker. Since a shrimpzilla is an extraordinary claim, unless proven otherwise with better evidence that this, I’m going to assume this is a hoax. It will certainly appear on Snopes in short order but you saw it here first.

If you can supply any other useful comments about this photo, please submit below. Thanks for reading.


Dr. Craig McClain says:

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“not even a biological possibility that a shrimp would be that size”

  25 comments for “Shrimpzilla photo: Don’t grab the cocktail sauce yet

  1. Catish
    November 18, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Well tineye also found it here: But I couldn’t find it there. Unless it’s in the members section.

  2. fredthechemist
    November 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    1. A rough calculation shows the “shrimp” would weigh well over 100 lb. Few (with the possible exception of an NFL lineman) can hold that at arms length without apparent effort or without leaning well back to keep the center of gravity over his feet.
    2. Close examination of the red tape on the left shows inconsistent overlap with the “shrimp” – although the low image resolution makes this a bit uncertain.

  3. Tomas
    November 18, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Maybe the man is really really small?

  4. Lagaya1
    November 18, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    One that size would obviously have to be from the Fukushima area. Facebook told me so.

  5. L. Barth
    November 18, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    I found a pic of a different guy holding a giant shrimp advertising a seafood place from the same location in Florida.

  6. Christine Rose
    November 18, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    This may be the earliest occurrence:

    I attempted to confirm it’s existence in 2011 on Wayback but it was not archived then.

    I can’t figure out what it means even with Google translate except that this is a blog for fish and fishing pictures.

  7. Sean A. Elliott
    November 18, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Hahaha!! That’s a hilarious mental picture, thanks for laugh!

  8. Lagaya1
    November 18, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Great job Christina! How’d you find that?

  9. Lagaya1
    November 18, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Google image search??

  10. November 18, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    I added the image link to it so it shows up. Another bad ‘shopped pic. But good catch! The story is starting to emerge!

  11. Christine Rose
    November 19, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    Google image search with date filters. It’s easy; you just move backwards and forwards with your filters until you get the earliest hits.

  12. Giles Farmer
    November 19, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Obvious. It says “fake” on the photo

  13. Russian Skeptic
    November 20, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Not necessarily photoshopped. May well be a genuine picture of a plastic shrimp created for ad. There are lots of oversized things in ads – from soda cans to potatoes.

  14. November 21, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Yep it’s silly but this site has been going for over 4 years. A giant shrimp is NOT the silliest thing that people will readily believe. Hence our tagline.

  15. Lagaya1
    November 21, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    love the arrogance when people say “wake up!” or “educate yourself!”

    You can always make your own website and do things exactly as you’d like. And , oh yes, so can Sharon. It’s her website!

    If you do make your own and it lacks any humor, no one will look at it and be blessed by your awesome zealouness.

  16. L. Barth
    November 21, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    It isn’t silly to think people actually believe WWN, because many people do.

  17. L.Barth
    November 21, 2015 at 5:54 PM


  18. Yari
    November 21, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    I love this answer in more than one way giggity…loo

  19. Lagaya1
    November 21, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    I don’t understand the obvious anger. Maybe you can explain?

  20. Tony
    November 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Bad day at the DMV maybe?

  21. Ryan
    November 28, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    I don’t think you even need to examine anything closely. That glaringly obvious high light on the top of the shrimps head. That’s likely a jagged line of white or light colored pixels from where the shrimp was cut out from a much lighter background. Its a hallmark of hastily or lazily done Photoshop. It easy to avoid, hand adjusting the contours of the lasso tool instead of just rolling with the automagic setting and some quick touch up with various blending and other tools can hide that in just a few minutes. I doubt this was ever intended to be taken seriously.

  22. November 28, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    That’s the thing. It’s a CHEAP hoax. Nevertheless, people DON’T even think about it and share it. I hate to say this but it’s true — there really are people who believe this stuff. Even cheap hoaxes fool a good number these days.

  23. Christine Rose
    November 29, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    More fun stuff.

    Tin Eye has a capture of it which it dates to 2010-03-10.

    Wayback did not grab the image, but the page it came from was archived in December 2008:

    The caption on the image read:

    Tom Frankovich and Ed Stell
    found Shrimp at Dusenbury on 2/28
    We didn’t get a lot but they ran

    Dusenbury Creek is a creek that was dredged through Key Largo by a Mister Dusenbury.

  24. L. Barth
    November 29, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    This story has finally shown up at Snopes.

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