Did Discovery Channel fake the image in its giant shark documentary?
The suspicion that the Discovery Channel had abandoned its professed editorial standards was a powerful one. As I mentioned in my earlier blog, its documentary claiming that the giant shark Carchardon megalodon still exists contained images which gave a strong impression of being faked; reports of incidents which don't appear to have happened; and interviews with "marine biologists" no one has been able to trace.
But allegations of fakery are very hard to prove. As you know, absence of evidence doesn't mean evidence of absence. Just because no one has been able to find the news reports the Megalodon show claims to have found, or any record of the deaths of four people in an attack by a giant shark off South Africa last year, or any trace of the suspiciously handsome experts it used to confirm its thesis doesn't prove definitively that all of them are inventions, even though it's hard to see how they could not be.
And pointing out that a photograph the "documentary" used to make its case looks like a really bad CGI cobblers in which just about everything is wrong isn't quite the same as being able to state categorically that it's a fraud.
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( via theguardian.com )
gavindawes1 wrote February 23, 2014 11:39:10 PM CET
There is a folklore that there is a shark in False Bay that was called "The Submarine" as it was detected on SA Navy's sonar.... Not sure maybe some research should be done?
properREDeye wrote February 22, 2014 7:33:46 PM CET
The burden of proof is on the accuser not the accused. If you say the image is altered it is up to you to show how.
That said Discovery are not always clear when presenting mockumentaries and many people recycle them as truth. The first that comes to mind is the mermaid film they made that many conspiritards have relentlessly redistributed as factual and continue eroding at whatever minuscule credibility 'conspiracy theorist' topics have remaining