Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded video of a man walking on the
beach who got attacked and eaten by a killer whale has gone viral on the World
The video is a digital
manipulation, which was used in a television advertisement for
a chain of retail stores in the Dominican Republic.
Some cleaver prankster edited the video
and added a
conversation on the beach complete with screams of terror as the man was
dragged into the murky depths by a killer whale. The video was later
taken down from YouTube.
Original video found on YouTube of TV
ad for La Sirena
Orcas, or killer whales, are a large cousin of the dolphin and
members of the cetacean species. They hunt and eat live creatures for
food, mostly fish, seal and sea lions.
So, where do killer whales beach themselves to hunt?
It is very rare to see an orca hunt in this fashion unless you happen to
be in South America. These mammals have been observed beaching
themselves to catch their prey on the Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia,
Argentina. One orca will quickly swim to the beach and
land two-thirds of its massive close to six ton body on the sand at the
same time catching a tasty and nutritious elephant seal or sea lion in
its mouth. It will carefully maneuver itself back into the water
without killing its prey in order to share it with the rest of the pod.
This behavior was first discovered in 1975 and the
Project was founded to observe and study the behavior of these
killer whales in their natural state. The hunting method is
not without risk, however, as hundreds of killer whales have been know
to die each year during their quest for food from dehydration due to
exposure if they trap themselves on the beach.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Video of man on beach getting attacked by a Killer Whale: