Fri, 11 September 2009

This photo of a monstrously large shark (is that ugly squiggled photoshopped mofo a shark?) has been flying around the Internet again. Have you received this email, purported to be taken in the Sodwana Bay area of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa? Du-uh!

Think again McCain. This hoax first appeared in no less than 2007. It first started as a bit of a joke amongst some Ozzie surfing mates, and next thing it was being emailed around the world.

So if this shot like really impressed you this time around, you need to crawl into a little hole and order a new computer. Plug it in, find some proper software, then swop that outdated floppy with a robust stiffy, pull the wire of your hard drive, and when you're ready to up or download (depending on how bad your ED is), forget the firewall, just eject your CD and read the popup ... you got a real mail!

Or just audit a set of lectures on how to be a upstanding netizen in this digital age of gullible hacks and fallible slackers. For flipsakes bru.

The Sydney Morning Herald ran this story on November 4, 2007:

"Surfers around the world, via the Internet, have been left spellbound by this picture of a great white apparently stalking an unsuspecting board-rider on the NSW Mid North Coast. It appeared as "shot of the day" on the popular Coastalwatch website on Friday, sparking discussion forums on other sites and a tsunami of emails."

"Professional photographer Shane Chalker, a keen surfer, told The Sun-Herald yesterday that he spotted the board-rider and shark - five minutes and 500 metres apart - while a passenger in a microlight flying along Elim Beach, near Booti Booti. He took shots of both, then, as a lark, combined the images on his computer, making the shark look triple its size, before giving a print to a friend."

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