The real story behind the viral 'Crabzilla' photo

The Real Story Behind the Viral Crabzilla Photo

By Gillian Pensavalle

No, there's not a gigantic 50-foot crab hanging out in a small harbor town in the UK. Foiled again, Internet. Photoshop strikes again; the photo is fake.

The photo made headlines, and then a new image surfaced showing the giant crab dangerously close to two young children.

The photo was posted on a site called Weird Whistable, and the Daily Express interviewed site runner Quinton Winter. He said the photo was sent to him, but claimed to have seen the beastly crustacean himself. According to Winter, "It had glazed blank eyes on stalks, swiveling wildly and it clearly was a massive crab with crushing claws."

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The real story behind the viral 'Crabzilla' photo

Turns out, it's just a photo from Bing maps that someone photo-shopped. Then they sent the doctored image over to Quinton Winter, who put it on his site. After the photo went viral, Winter changed his story and told Kent Online, "I'm not trying to lie about anything, it's just a bit of fun."

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