Digital Creation Passed off as Largest Blue Whale Caught on Camera

An Instagram user had posted the image on 26 July and mentioned that the photo had been edited using Photoshop.

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An Instagram user had posted the image on 26 July and mentioned that the photo had been edited using Photoshop.
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CLAIM

A viral image on social media claims that it shows one of the largest blue whales to have been caught on camera “during a helicopter ride”. The image showing a whale-like creature under a bridge is being circulated widely on Twitter.

TRUE OR FALSE?

The claim along with the image is false. The image being shared as the largest whale caught on camera is actually a digital creation of an Instagram user by the name of ‘umutrecberart’.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

We searched on Google Images using keywords ‘blue whale bridge’ and found an Instagram post shared by a handle called ‘umutrecberart’.

A keyword search led us to an Instagram post which had the same image.
A keyword search led us to an Instagram post which had the same image.
(Photo: Google screengrab)

The Instagram user had posted the image on 26 July and mentioned that the photo is a result of a digital manipulation using editing tool Photoshop.

The caption along with the image reads:

( NOTE: This is my own digital manipulation study. It was created by bringing two photos together. Photoshop was used as a tool. Thanks to everyone who conveyed their best wishes to me for the artwork I have done. I hope you will be pleased with my work. Good day to everyone)

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Mother ( NOTE: This is my own digital manipulation study. It was created by bringing two photos together. Photoshop was used as a tool. Thanks to everyone who conveyed their best wishes to me for the artwork I have done. I hope you will be pleased with my work. Good day to everyone.) _ _ _ Bridge photo: @chuttersnap Whale Photo: @pixabay Edit by me. #LaunchDsigns #learnphotoshop #enterimagination #manipulationclan #photocollage #edit_grams #TheUniversalArt #thecreativers #artshub #artselect #enter_visual_ #Visual_Creatorz #discoveredit #manipulationteam #graphicroozane #natgeowild #ps_wanderlust #photoshop_indonesia #photoshop #thegraphicspr0ject #beyondsurreal #artspotlight #igcreative_editz #photomanipulation #artistic_unity_

A post shared by Umut Reçber (@umutrecberart) on

In a series of posts, the user further showed the original images and the one edited by the user.

The user mentioned that the bridge’s photo had been taken from ‘@chuttersnap’ We found that the image was indeed available as a stock image on the handle.

The original image was available on the handle of ‘@chuttersnap’.
The original image was available on the handle of ‘@chuttersnap’.
(Photo: Screengrab)

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