Scientists refute report of White Shark capture in Russia
Scientists refute report on capture of great white shark in Primoryenewsbcm.com 08. September 2011
Scientists refute the information about the capture of a five-meter great white shark in Primorye. Yesterday, a local paper published a photo of a huge shark caught by fishermen.
Scientists claim that the photo taken is a montage. In fact, this shark was caught not in Primorye, but in Sakhalin. Besides, it happened 4 years ago.
“We looked at the image published in the Pacific Komsomolets. This photograph was in fact made in Sakhalin Island four years ago, it is a well-known photo. The white shark was then caught in a net or a trap”, said research scientist of the Ichthyology Laboratory of FEB of Russia’s Academy of Sciences, Biology Ph.D., Vladimir Zemnukhov.
The original photo shows a teenager sitting on the shark. However, in the published photo there is a man. Zemnukhov claims that his body was simply pasted over the body of the teenager.
The scientists have even specifically contacted the former director of the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (SakhNIRO). He confirmed that the photo shows the same shark, which was caught under his guidance in Sakhalin Island a few years ago. A member of his staff even has the original image.
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Additional Note: You can see a photo gallery of the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) that was caught off Sakhalin Island in 2007 here / PicasaWebAlbum.