Photo of a giant squid - fake or fact?

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  1. Mfmfingerle

    Mfmfingerle Larval Mass Registered

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    Hi!
    This is my first apperance at this forum, so let me please introduce myself. I'm a psychologist, not a zoologist, but the photos of a living giant squid that could be seen in all papers some days ago raised my interest in giant squids. When I googled for more informations and photos I found a photo of a stranded giant squid that looks REALLY gigantic. Even if one takes into consideration that the squid could lay before a huge rock at the beach, so that the huge mass in the background would have nothing to do with the squid's body.

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    However, the source of that photo is quite obscure. I've found it both at a cryptozoology-site (http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=15&page=17) and at a spanish-speaking website that deals with sea-monsters, blobs, 'n stuff (http://axxon.com.ar/zap/200/c-Zapping0200.htm). Unfortunately, I don't speak any spanish and the cryptozoologiacl website is so cryptic that it doesn't deliver much informations - besides the claim that this very squid should have been washed ashore at the Bahamas. But I couldn't find any reference to a giant squid stranded at the bahamas (especially not to one of this size). So I decided to turn to your forum to ask for further informations.

    (1) Does anybody know this photo (and can tell me more about it)?
    (2) Is it fake or fact? (you can do a lot with photoshop)

    Nice greetings from Frankfurt (Germany) :smile:
    Michael
     
  2. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Hi Michael,

    Welcome to the site! I have seen this photo before (years ago). While I can't explain the source, and I am not an expert, I can say that by all accounts this must be fake. The mantle would far, far exceed any specimen ever observed. To your point, that blob in the background may in fact be something like whale blubber. The "tentacles" in the front also seem impossibly huge, and the single row of suckers and their spacing, I believe, makes it extremely suspect.

    All that said, I reiterate that I don't know the source, and can't necessarily conclude that this is a photoshop job, but perhaps someone else here can shed light?
     
  3. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Definitely one for Clem, methinks.

    I am certain this is a fake photo. It may be genuinely old, but it looks touched-up by brush to me. I agree with Tony and expect it was decomposed whale blubber that has been altered to resemble a squid.

    It's a fun picture all the same.

    Phil
     
  4. chrono_war01

    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hm...I think that size would even surpass that of a adult Messie, and in the Bahamas, no waaay..:sink:
     
  5. Vampyroteuthis

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    I've seen a photo similiar to that quite some years back, and haven't had the time to go hunting for it again. I'll post it if/when I can get it. As for that photo, looks like a fake to me.
     
  6. Clem

    Clem Architeuthis Supporter Registered

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    Hello Mfmfingerle,

    Welcome to TONMO.

    We've tangled with that photo, before. No way in hell is that a dead cephalopod. Tony's on the mark, it's got be a dead whale with its guts spilled out. The two bowed structures on the right that appear to bear suckers are probably the whale's jaw bones. The "suckers" can't be tooth-sockets (way too big), so a sperm whale is right out. It's probably a balleen whale, and the suckers were probably Photoshopped onto the jaw bones, with the final touches being some lens flare and blurring to mask the edges of the shopped elements. The scene itself is probably genuine, but I'm suspicious of those two dandies posing next to the carcass. No real seaman would prop an oar in the sand blade-end down

    We're always up for a bit of Photoshop fun, here. Those new live Architeuthis shots will come in for some serious mugging. Sadly, none of our mash-ups have been taken for fact...yet.

    Cheers,
    Clem
     
  7. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    You guys ROCK! You're right up there with Neil Diamond you know.:notworth:
     
  8. Infusoria

    Infusoria Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    If you take those marks in the sand as foot-prints, then those two guys are about three feet tall. Plus the guy in back has a shadow and the two guy in front don't.
     
  9. Mfmfingerle

    Mfmfingerle Larval Mass Registered

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    Thank you, guys, thank you!
    I've been out of town for a couple of days, so my posting comes somewhat late. Sorry for that.
    I've had some doubts about this photo (primarily due to its origin), but as I am anything else but an expert in this field, I was not sure whether it could be nevertheless a real one. However, all the questionable details you highlighted in your postings are very convincing and I think, you're right - it must be a fake. Thanks again, you saved me a lot of time! :)
    To Vampyrotheutis: I think, it makes no longer any sense to search for the "original". It would have been only interesting, if it would have been a real photo. Don't waste your time, ok?

    Well, case closed. As a scientist, it makes me glad. On the other hand, I have to admit that the romantic part of my self is a little bit disappointed - it would have been a hell of a squid :)

    Cordially,
    Michael
     

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