Picture of Small Boat in Ocean with Giant Blue Whale Below: Fact Check

Picture of Small Boat in Ocean With a Giant Blue Whale Below the Surface
Picture of Small Boat in Ocean With a Giant Blue Whale Below the Surface


Why I’m afraid of the ocean…see the small boat in Ocean with a Giant Blue Whale below its surface.

Other Versions

1. WHy I’m scared of the ocean

2. Small boat passing in the vast ocean with an uninvited guest below the surface

Fact Check:

An interesting, popular picture shared online in various image sharing and social networking platforms purports to show a Small Boat in an Ocean, with a Giant Blue Whale Passing just below its Surface. The picture is often shared online with titles like why I’m afraid of the ocean, and certainly appears scary. However, for the reasons described below, what’s shown in the picture is possibly not a fact.

Origin of Picture

The picture started appearing online from late 2014, Facebook page Ocean Conservation Society shared it as ‘A fantastic shot…‘ mentioning the image is copyright of ‘Mammifères marins de la Côte-Nord’. Later the scary picture of large blue whale under a boat was shared on other social sites like Reddit.com.

Actual Facts

Back on 25 December 2014 Sixpenceee website sixpenceee.com posted the picture of large blue whale below boat saying it is “From the upcoming movie Heart of the Sea”. Released in December 2015 the movie “In the Heart of the Sea” is recounting of a New England whaling ship’s sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the novel Moby-Dick. In March 2015 Mammifères marins de la Côte-Nord Facebook page shared the official trailer of the movie with a somewhat similar picture of giant whale below the water surface of a boat. Notably, the same Facebook page shared the picture in question earlier and deleted the post later. Moreover, it should also be noted that the movie was promoted with few other related pictures shown below.

According to National Geographic website Blue Whale can grow up to 105 ft and weigh up to 200 tonnes, however, we do not know the size of the boat in the ocean to calculate the possibility of the picture being real. Nonetheless the surface pattern of the water appears relatively calm, and there are no water swirls alongside the whale. Also the lack of information and details about such an ‘amazing’ picture questions its authenticity.

So considering the aforementioned facts and flaws, the Giant Blue Whale seen passing just below the surface of the boat is possibly not real. The picture is perhaps a Poster created to promote the 2015 movie ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ probably only meant to illustrate the scale of danger the whaling ship faced; not how big the whale was.

Hoax or Fact:

Possibly Hoax.

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Prashanth Damarla