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
on an observation deck at the World Trade Center, complacently unaware of an airliner visible behind him which was only seconds away from smashing into the building where he stood. The image seemingly captured not only the last fraction of a second of a man's life, but also the final moment of normalcy before the universe changed for all of us. (The picture was quickly exposed as a digital fabrication, for reasons detailed on our
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