A drunken tourist became a worldwide sensation after it was reported he killed a shark that had been terrorising swimmers at the Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh.
Serbian Dragan Stevic threw himself into the Red Sea and landed bottom-first onto the head of the man-eating shark, killing it instantly.
Stevic was hailed a national hero for saving the tourism season and was even nicknamed “Shark-el-Sheikh”.
Except that he wasn’t. The whole story, which was first reported by the Macedoninan International News Agency and then picked up by news organisations around the world, including The New York Post, was in fact a hoax.
Bloggers quickly began questioning the authenticity of the reports, pointing out that the account was riddled with holes, The Daily Mail reported.
The US website Carolinabeachtoday.com pointed out that the picture accompanying the MINA report was actually taken from their website and showed a basking shark, which only eats plankton.
And instead of the Red Sea, the shark in question actually washed up thousands of miles away off the coast of Duck in North Carolina.
I really can’t believe the newspapers fell for this, or I should say reporters. I mean a guy falling on a shark and it dies, it doesn’t even make sense. It would be impossible. But I noticed in the article it said that bloggers were questioning this story, seems bloggers may have more sense than some other people. Good on all of you who blogged about this story and saw it for what it was.