A photo has been floating around the internet for months claiming to show the world’s largest tortoise with an age of over 500 years. Is the photo real or is it a hoax?
It is a hoax.
The photo being circulated contains the caption:
Guys the worlds largest tortoise found in amazon river. Its age around 529/ height-59/ weight-800 pounds.
incredible naturality please spread this into all over the world….
What you are seeing, however, is not the world’s largest tortoise. The photo is actually of a movie prop. This giant – and fake – tortoise was featured in the 2006 Japanese movie “Gamera the Brave.” It appears that the photo was lifted from this website which features other photos from the film, and phony story of a real tortoise was attached to it. A bad translation of the description of the film reads:
In a small fishing village, a young Gracon discovers an egg. Then comes a small turtle that is not like the others, it is a Gamera: an animal of great power that continues to grow. While her foster family tries to protect society against a new threat is emerging. The young Gamera can he save the village?
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