Louisiana Swamp Monster – Hoax

Cryptomundo now has blog entry on the Louisiana Swamp Monster picture that I noticed in the news feed this morning. It took me a total of maybe 5 minutes to call hoax on this and I’m wondering why no one does any bit of due diligence on these things, just posts crazy stories. Well, I do know the answer but it makes me sad…

Here are the links to the news stories: http://www1.nbc33tv.com/news/nbc33-see-it-shoot-it-share-it-crazy-hunting-pic and http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/strange/eerie-image-captured-in-woods

The original image appears to be here. But, here are the news report and original versions side by side.

Notice that the dates don’t match in the pictures. (These are unaltered except for the crops, click on the photo to go to origin of the file.)

Is this the REAL origin? Swamp monster model

It looks awfully similar. Too similar. Shall we say, eerily similar.

Digital manipulation seems far more likely than the idea that a real humanoid swamp monster is roaming the woods. Good story and all but, please, a little checking goes a long way.

See updates below.

Updated with picts at 12/10/2010 5:35 PM EST
Update: At 5:53PM, I posted a comment to Cryptomundo expressing my disgust at not taking 5 minutes to see this was an obvious hoax. Instead, the author at that site rehashes the news story to feed the fantasy. That’s really disappointing and ruins their credibility (which is long gone in my mind anyway). Sad. Oh, and you can be sure my comment won’t make it through moderation filter. It never does.

Update 12/12 8:22AM —

This story has spilled out in several directions – all related to viral marketing. Movieweb has this article which says about the photo, “It was originally being passed off as real, now inside sources close to the production say its actually a viral image from Super 8“. Another direction is that the photo represents a “grim” from the new game Resistance 3. PlaystationLifeStyle.net has this news.  I’m not convinced by either. The Super 8 movie release date is not close and the Resistance creatures are more ridiculous than this zombie-like creature. It simply might be somebody in a unitard crawling around with a CG head fashioned later on. We see this general creature-form crop up in various areas – aliens, zombies, the Dover Demon, and yet another rendition of the ever-morphing Chupacabras. (See zombie-headed critter here.) Regardless of what this may be promoting or how the image was generated, the disturbing points are, first, that legitimate news sources passed this off as REAL and, second, that there is no reason to believe any image that you see is genuine. All images today should be considered as manufactured and not representative of reality.

Update 12/14 8:54 PM Check out this link to Wired Web which examines the photo metadata and finds the telltale manipulation evidence.

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