Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Photo: US National Archives Releases Real Photo of Soldier on Rope Ladder with Shark Below

By now, everyone on the planet has seen the lame photoshopped pic of a special forces person climbing a helicopter rope ladder while a great white attempts to snag him in mid air.  Although the pic had a short life as 'real' photo, it didn't take long before it was proven to be  fake.

Now, the US National Archives has released a photo (below) of what is purported to be a real photo showing a somewhat similar scenario.  The photo which was taken in 1996 was originally released with the following caption: "A soldier grips the rope ladder extended from the rear of a helicopter as a shark fin passes in the water close below."

According to the write-up, the National Archives released the photo in honor of Shark Week.  They stated that the photo was located in the records from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The elongated fin does have a similar appearance to the tale fluke of a whale.  It reminded me of this video taken in August 2012 by a crew member from a California whale watching boat.  The video was titled "Blue whale impersonates large shark, sighting reminiscent of 'Jaws'..."  It shows the moment a blue whale turned on it's side and raised its tail fluke out of the water.  Photo is a screenshot from the video.  Of course as some of our followers on Facebook have pointed out, this could also be the dorsal fin of a great hammerhead.

Hat tip to Gizmodo for the photo.

US National Archives photo of service member hanging on rope ladder with looming shark fin.