(8/20/2002) While a picture may speak a thousand words, apparently, a fake picture has to have its own backstory.
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Although this looks like a picture taken from a Hollywood movie, it is in fact a real photo, taken near the South African coast during a military exercise by the British Navy.
It has been nominated by Geo as "THE photo of the year".
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This photo and associated story are in the same vein as earlier chains about Canada's Mutant Cat and the now-infamous Tourist Guy. The Photoshop forgery above is actually a clever combination of two unrelated photos: one, a picture of an American Air National Guard helicopter on a training mission near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (flipped horizontally); the other, of a great white shark breaching in the waters near South Africa.
Different versions of the "backstory" have the mythical encounter taking place in San Francisco Bay, Sidney Harbor and the English Channel; and involving personnel from the U.S. or British navy. Versions also claim that it has been selected as National Geographic's "photo of the year."
Once again, we have proof that, especially on the 'net, photographs can lie. Break this Chain.