Picture of a Great
White Shark Attacking a Soldier Hanging From a Helicopter-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor The picture is of a
military helicopter hovering over the ocean with a soldier dangling
from a ladder. A great white shark is leaping from the water
at the soldier. Some versions say the picture is from England
and has been nominated as the picture of the year
The Truth This is a hoax.
The picture is a composite of two separate pictures.
The shark picture is
from Charles Maxwell Video Services in South Africa and is a photo
of a great white shark breaching.
The helicopter is not British, but American. It is a HH-60G Pave
Hawk flown by the California Air National Guard.
Californians will recognize the Golden Gate bridge in the
background. According to the Air Force, this picture was
taken by Tech. Sgt. Lance Cheung during a training exercise.
Whoever made the composite reversed the photo.