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Old 03 April 2010, 04:26 PM
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These photos were posted on another site I belong to and when several people posited that the last photo was a shop the admin said that they have ways of checking submissions before they post them. This may be true but the last photo seems off to me.











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Old 03 April 2010, 04:51 PM
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The bird in the last picture looks like a European robin. I could be wrong but

1. I don't think anywhere in the Robins normal distribution range there are snakes that look anything like that. The greying plumage would indicate that it has migrated, and they have been found as far south as Algeria - there may be snakes like that in Algeria, but that doesn't look like any picture I've seen of Algeria to me.

2. I'm not a herpetologist but that simply does not look like a snake.

3. Were it a snake would it not first disable it's prey with venom?
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Old 03 April 2010, 05:14 PM
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Looks like transparency/cutout artifacts around the fence.
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Old 03 April 2010, 05:16 PM
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I also think it is odd how his neck is taut yet dips down a little.
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Old 03 April 2010, 05:22 PM
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Maybe it was trying to disable it with venom.
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Old 03 April 2010, 05:44 PM
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I'm suspicious of the second one down, too. It appears here as a "MotiFake" by The Great Whamini:

http://www.motifake.com/searchpage.p...reat%20Whamini

I can't find the photo anywhere else. It seems it would be better-known if real.

(eta) And that snake looks dead and badly mounted to me - look how cracked its skin is.
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Old 03 April 2010, 09:16 PM
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I agree with you about the snake, and even possibly the whale, but the copy on motifake is new and they are using the title from the sight I found them on several days ago. The sight being CuteOverload.com, which is now crediting National Geographic so we are probably all wrong. In that case they are pretty cool.
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Old 03 April 2010, 10:12 PM
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The sight being CuteOverload.com, which is now crediting National Geographic so we are probably all wrong. In that case they are pretty cool.
Note that CuteOverload.com "tagged" section for these photos includes the phrase "April Fool!"
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Old 03 April 2010, 10:29 PM
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Yes they tagged them April fools because they were NOT cute. They stated that they were real photos though and now even link them back to National Geographic.
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Old 03 April 2010, 10:45 PM
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They stated that they were real photos though and now even link them back to National Geographic.
No, they don't do either. They simply include a link to the home page of the National Geographic web site and identify the pictures as coming from a "Most Delicious Photos of 2009" feature.

If you need another hint, consider this link posted in the comments explaining how CuteOverload weeds out manipulated images:
http://cuteoverload.com/2010/04/01/s...a-handy-guide/
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Old 03 April 2010, 10:54 PM
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When Ed said they checked the photos I assumed he was being serious. I never checked the link.
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Old 03 April 2010, 11:00 PM
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Nonnieyrissa, do you prefer your poisson d'avril poached or grilled?
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Old 03 April 2010, 11:16 PM
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Can I have chowder?

ETA - Its been a while since I've been fooled. Only because at my age everyone I know is always so serious. This gave me a good laugh.
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No, they don't do either. They simply include a link to the home page of the National Geographic web site and identify the pictures as coming from a "Most Delicious Photos of 2009" feature.
Which is not findable if you search the Nat Geo website.

I think some of the pics may be real. The bird pics (but not the snake one) and the bat look not only plausible, but they seem familiar to me, as if I had seen them before.
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No, they don't do either. They simply include a link to the home page of the National Geographic web site and identify the pictures as coming from a "Most Delicious Photos of 2009" feature.
The orca/penguin one well predates 2009 anyway. I remember a snopester getting us to caption it in one of the fun threads some three or four years ago. We never discussed whether it was real or not, however.
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I'm pretty sure the first bird pic is from a series of Kingfisher photos that I looked at a few weeks ago. I have no idea what site they were from though, I'll post a link if I find it.
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Do bats really eat frogs?
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Old 06 April 2010, 10:04 AM
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Yes. http://www.batdetective.com/batseat.htm about halfway down.

Also this looks very much the same as the one in the picture.
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