Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

Aussie surfer's selfie with shark goes viral, turns out fake

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 Jun 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Melbourne, June 15: Australian surfer Alex Hayes’s selfie showing a large shark only metres away from his surfboard that he shared on Instagram recently has turned out to be fake. The selfie had quickly gone viral with several publications merrily reporting about the photo. “So... I went for a paddle out front, decided to stop have a rest and then saw this bad boy,” he had written on his Instagram account which has more than 64,000 followers. However, it turned out that the photo was fake, reported Mashable. Hayes, 17, confirmed to Mashable Australia the image had been “Photoshopped”, and said he thought it would be “obvious” that it was not real. “I would be happy to have a cruisey, chiller of a shark as a buddy and because that is unlikely, I simply made one with the add of some humour,” he was quoted as saying through email. Although Hayes had not expected the picture to garner so much attention on the internet, he said he found it funny when the image was picked up by news outlets all over the world. “People believe everything on the internet. It was a harmless joke and everyone got entertainment from it so I’m happy! No harm done!,” he added. (IANS)

Next Story