JAPAN (PIX11) — It would be a little too serendipitous, however, various news sources fell for a hoax report of a pod of killer whalers attacking and eating Japanese whalers.
The story originated from the satirical newspaper “World News Daily Report.”
The newspaper claimed the crew of the MV Nisshin Maru was forced to leave the deck because of a gas leak.
They reported people jumped off the boat and were subsequently attacked by killer whales in the water.
The story was widely shared, as whaling is a hot button issue among animal rights activists.
“The water was red with blood, there were bodies everywhere,” was one of the more memorable quotes from the fake report.