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:
- 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.
- Shrimp don’t get this large. The largest found is less than a foot.
- 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.
- Stories like this are popular as a joke to see if they go viral; that is a superior explanation than a monstrous shrimp.
- 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.
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Dr. Craig McClain says: