For those who read about a shark attack happening to a man after he snapped a selfie of himself, the story is fake. In a report by The Epoch Times, a story about a man who took a selfie just before he was killed by a shark is actually a hoax.
With all of the shark attacks happening this summer, a headline like this might confuse people into believing this one could be true. Fortunately, it isn’t.
Epoch Times cites World News Daily Report in writing up the article.
“An Oregon couple’s honeymoon vacation in Florida took a dramatic turn of events as the newly wed took a selfie of himself just moments before he fell victim to a deadly shark attack.”
The story goes on to say that the 34-year-old swimmer was the victim of a gruesome death by having his right leg torn off and losing a large amount of blood. Embellishing the story further, the article adds that on his way to South Miami Hospital in the ambulance, the man died in the arms of the woman he’d only been married to for a few hours.
Within the detailed selfie hoax, it names the man as James Crowlett, someone who’d always dreamed of going to Disney World in Orlando since he was 4 years old. When he got married, he and his wife visited Disney World, then later went into the water when the shark attack “supposedly” happened.
In fact, the story says the man posted the image on his Facebook page. The picture is posted above with this article.
The caption Crowlett wrote with the photo read:
“Watch Out for that great white shark! Lol!”
The disclaimer on World News Daily Report informs its readers:
“World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.”
So, remember that this shark attack selfie story is just a hoax. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not at times — especially when the story is well fabricated and has all the elements covered in order to be believable!
[Image via World News Daily Report]