Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Photograph shows scuba-diving tourists with a large shark looming behind them.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2007]
Origins: In the grim days immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, one widely-circulated photograph prompted a grim fascination among Internet users: a tourist posed
Although perhaps not quite as dramatic (because it lacks the backdrop of a national tragedy), the image displayed above is in the same vein: tourists engaged in a fun activity happily posing for a photographer, blissfully unaware of the mortal danger looming behind them (complete with a fabricated backstory to explain the ghoulish juxtaposition to viewers).
Like the tourist photograph from 2001, this image of scuba divers with their backs to a menacing shark approaching from just a few feet away is a digital manipulation. It's yet another entry plucked out of context from a Worth1000 PhotoShop contest, this one entitled "Vacation
Here's the original image of the shark:
Last updated: 20 August 2007
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