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Claim: Photographs shows a giant, man-eating catfish caught in a Chinese reservoir.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2007]
Origins: These photographs began circulating on the Internet in August 2007 along with Chinese-language text (translated above) identifying them as pictures of a giant catfish caught in a reservoir in the Huadu District of the Chinese province of
This marine specimen is a whale shark, and as the other photographs in this series show, when it was cut open it didn't prove to have human remains inside (just some entrails that look vaguely like the bottom half of a human torso in one shot):
Also, since the whale shark is a salt water denizen, these photographs were probably snapped at a location near a coastline or other outlet to the ocean rather than at an inland freshwater reservoir.
Last updated: 12 October 2007
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