A photo shared online shows a man in a kayak just above a giant shark. Users are encouraged to "like" the photo to see what happens next. So... what happens?
Nothing. It’s a hoax aimed at gaining likes.
The photo is often accompanied by a caption that tells you to “Press “LIKE” in 3 secs to see what happens!” This is a common method for page admins to gain likes for their photos. In some cases it is just a prank. Either way, clicking “like” on a Facebook image will not make anything happen. Nor will sharing one. Don’t fall for it!
If you’re still curious as to “what happened next” with this photo, there is a story behind the image. This photo is real and was taken in 2003 off of South Africa. Marine biologist Trey Snow was snapped by photographer Thomas P. Peschak. You can read the full story, along with additional photos, here.
Don’t fall for these types of hoaxes. They are merely designed to gain likes for the page on which it originated. Anyone who falls for it apparently didn’t stop to think that they were being fooled – and they didn’t read this article! The next time you see it, link to this article to set them straight.
Here are a few other of these tricky images:
- Hoax: Clicking an Image and Typing “Jump” on Facebook
- Sharing an Image and Typing “Fall” – Mind Teaser or the Joke is on You?
- Is This a “Magic” Mario Image?
- Look at the Circle for 10 Seconds. Fooled Ya!
- Is There a Mistake in This Photo?