Thursday, February 18, 2010

Shark Hoax Enjoys Airtime - Embarrassingly so for Dale Kobetich

Not even April 1st yet and photographer/surfer Dale Kobetich unloaded a whopper of a shark tale on an unsuspecting surf and shark crowd this week.

In this semi tragic story Dale faces off with a deadly mako (the one in this image) and manages to take some stunning images in the process.

The problem with this story and sadly for Dale is that he mis-judged his audience...completely.

The shark image world is a pretty savvy place and anyone can tell this animal is as dead as they get. A dried out stage prop for a completely faked story of man vs shark in California.

Why did he do it?

Who knows, who cares, suffice to say Dale must be wondering the same questions right about now as well. With April Fools still a few months away, this story would have been a world class contender - instead it is a world class bogus effort.

Editors Note: Click here to see a live mako shot notice the difference?

Editors Other Note: Dale comes clean, admits fakery, of course we already knew that.

5 comments:

George said...

Wow. Just, wow.

I am NOT a Monkey said...

How are you so sure its dead and not just bloody from a feeding frenzy or some such? There are pictures on surfline where its lips are both pulled back and covering up its teeth like before and after shots of a bite attempt.
http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/photographer-dale-kobetich-survives-a-dramatic-shark-encounter-by-using-courage-and-calmness_40419/1/

I am NOT a Monkey said...

How are you so sure its dead and not just bloody from a feeding frenzy or some such? There are pictures on surfline where its lips are both pulled back and covering up its teeth like before and after shots of a bite attempt.
http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/photographer-dale-kobetich-survives-a-dramatic-shark-encounter-by-using-courage-and-calmness_40419/1/

dead shark said...

You're right! Maybe it was bloody from a feeding frenzy on humans or some such!!

Relax there, champ. The photographer already admitted it was dead. See the follow up: http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/dale-kobetichs-shark-encounter-part-deux-duh--surf-photographer-admits-to-staging-shark-photos_41220/

Shark Diver said...

As an underwater photographer the guy does some stunning work, so he's not the best at B.S story telling, meh.

We might suggest Dale start doing shark conservation images. That same shark on the bottom being feasted on by crabs would be a powerful shot.