Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Attention! April Fools' is supposed to last a day, not a month!

In today's Huffington Post, there is a story entitled Exploring Exotic Deep-Sea Fish. Many of the fish I recognize are native to the reefs, which is NOT the deep sea and for reasons that are unclear, a few pictures were thrown in that are clearly hoaxes.

The article says this is called a frilled shark and it's one of those "living fossils", a species that has survived an incredibly long time. Obviously, this is a special effect from some cheezy movie on the Syfy channel. It was probably called something like SharkAcuda or AnacondaLamprey and starred either Larry Drake or F. Murray Abraham. I didn't see it, you didn't see it, and we are better off for the lack of experience.

This is supposed to be a gulf toadfish. It's obviously a muppet.

C'mon, HuffPo! I didn't just fall off the turnip truck!


Lockwood said...

That frilled shark is seriously weird looking. One of the science bloggers recently posted a video of one.
But I don't pay much attention to HuffPo either; if I'm going to read "news" I want it to at least look plausible.

Abu Scooter said...

Larry Drake or F. Murry Abraham? What, Eric Roberts has gotten too expensive for Syfy?

Oh, wait. IMDB has Roberts in some movie called "Sharktopus." I kid you not.

Matty Boy said...

Lockwood: Thanks for the link. It is an amazing animal.

Abu S.: Yes, it's true. Syfy does sometimes make movies without Larry Drake or F. Murray Abraham. They might have decided the role would have been a better fit for Casper Van Diem.