The People’s Daily has, once again, demonstrated its knack for stellar fact-checking by reporting on its Facebook timeline that a 160-foot squid, mutated by the radioactivity of the waters near Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, has washed shore in California. The image is fake.
This was a screen-shot of the image from when it was originally posted:
According to China’s official newspaper of record, the grotesque and enormous squid is the second such deformed sea creature to have been discovered on California’s shores in recent months. The People’s Daily also mentions that, “scientists suspect their gigantic size is caused by the genetic mutations that triggered uncontrolled growth-or “radioactive gigantism.”
Unfortunately, this is another instance of irony and sarcasm lost in translation, and the People’s Daily likely picked-up on this bit of freakish “news” from the The Lightly Braised Turnip’s satirical article, “Second Giant Sea Creature Washes Ashore Along Santa Monica Coastline-Alarms Sounds Over Radioactive Gigantism.”
As you can see, the description has by now been edited (thank god for the new face-saving features of Facebook):
By Sophia Solivio