By Shawn Rice
Canadian fishermen catching a 320-pound shrimp is false. Rather, a doctored photograph replaced a giant catfish with an image of a “record-breaking” shrimp. While the catch would be remarkable, there is no documented truth to it outside the fake report. Where did this fake photo showing a record-breaking 320-pound shrimp caught by Canadian fisherman originate?
The photograph appeared in a fake news article published by World News Daily Report, and has been appearing regularly as fact on social media ever since. However, this image is a fake.
“Two men from the Canadian Atlantic Coast made an astonishing catch while fishing near the confluence of the Matane River and the St. Lawrence River. The fishermen captured a northern prawn measuring over 2.80 meters (9 ft) long and weighing more than 145 kilograms (319 lbs), the biggest crustacean of this type to have ever have been caught.”
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news article on social media.
— Inland Shrimp Co. (@cincyshrimp) March 27, 2017
CANADIAN FISHERMEN CATCH RECORD-BREAKING 320-LBS SHRIMP https://t.co/yhaYsqDyf8
— Michael (@Koxinga8) March 26, 2017
— CountryGirlBR549 (@dpwatkins) March 13, 2017
Canadian fishermen capture northern prawn measuring over 2.80 meters long & weighing more than 145 kilograms shrimphttps://t.co/FNGuN4fR5c
— A Confused Dame (@Confused_Maud) October 5, 2016
— Dipu Khan (@dipukhanbnp) September 24, 2016
There is no truth to the story and the image. According to Snopes, the original photograph shows a Wels catfish that fishing guides Stefan Seuß and Benjamin Gründer caught in Italy’s River Po in 2013. The Team Black Cat fishing products web site did not mention the catfish’s weight, but did say that the fisherman hauled in three Wels catfish on the trip that ranged from about 7.5 to 7.6 feet.
“With snowstorms and sub zero temperatures to contend with and very low water temperatures which continually iced up the rods, the fishing was never going to be prolific.
However, they proved that the species can be caught year round by tempting nine wels catfish in seven days using deadbaits, including giants of 228cm, 233cm and 234cm in length.”
Large shrimp have been caught by fishermen in the past. For example, this Mantis shrimp, complete with independently moving eyes, was found in Florida waters in 2014. However, there has been no reported shrimp measuring more than nine feet from tip to tail that has been catalogued and discussed by any major media outlet.
Mantis shrimps, or stomatopods, are marine crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda. They branched from other members of the class Malacostraca around 400 Mya. Mantis shrimps typically grow to around 10 Go to the full article.