Claim:   Video shows a beachgoer being snatched by a killer whale.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, September 2011]

Here’s a guy walking on the beach at surf breaking on the sand and he gets snatched in an instant. No blood no struggle … just gone!

Very graphic! He happened to be waving at a friend taking a film of him, and it was his last wave!

If his friend hadn’t been filming, or even looking in that direction there would have been no proof. He was just gone in less than a heartbeat. Too scary …


Origins:   The video clip linked above does not capture an innocent beachgoer being snatched by a killer whale. As indicated by the graphic overlay,

it’s a television commercial created for the Dominican Republic-based chain of La Sirena retail stores. The wording of the caption, “No todos los lápices dan suerte, sólo el lápiz la suerte de La Sirena,” roughly translates as “Not all pencils give you luck, only the Lucky Pencil from La Sirena.”

The mention of a lucky pencil references one of La Sirena’s earlier campaigns, a back-to-school promotion featuring a Lucky Pencil that offered consumers the chance to “aprende un mundo” (i.e., learn the world) through winning prizes such as laptops, cameras, iPads, and vacation trips.

Last updated:   11 March 2014