Giant Squid? ‘Second Giant Sea Creature Washes Ashore Along Santa Monica Coastline’ Fukushima Story a Hoax


An article purportedly showing a giant squid that washed ashore along the Santa Monica coast line is not real.

Published by The Lightly Braised Turnip, the article shows a huge squid that grew so big because of “radioactive gigantism.”

The article claims that the squid was 160 feet from the head to tentacle tip.

“Scientists believe that following the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant an unknown number of sea creatures suffered genetic mutations that triggered uncontrolled growth – or ‘radioactive gigantism,’” the article said.

It quotes Santa Monica Parks Manager Cynthia Beard as saying that scientists intended to move the creature in pieces to the Scripps Research Institute to study it.

The institute is real, Beard is not, and the story’s basic premise is not.

Satire articles, which are sometimes known as fake news articles, are increasingly becoming popular, and are increasingly fooling some people into thinking that they are real news stories.

The Lightly Braised Turnip appears to be a satire website similar to the Onion, but doesn’t have a disclaimer on its website.

However, despite its name, other signs point to it being a satire website, principally some of the articles it’s published recently.

These include “Exclusive Interview with Santa Claus On Diverse Santas” and “It Is Time To Admit It: Women Over 30 Years Of Age Are Ugly.” 

As for the giant squid, it’s photoshopped into the picture. The squid, measuring 30 feet long, was actually discovered on the shore at La Arena beach in Cantabria, Spain in October 2013.

The largest species of giant squid known to mankind get to be about 40 feet in length.

Category: US US News

  • Pooface

    HAHAHHA It looks like a 16 year old was messing around with photoshop again. Great way to feed the tin-foil hat wearing Alex Jones crowd.

  • undsoweiter

    Does anybody know if this story has shown up on enenews yet?

    • Lance Wagstaffe

      I hear CNN has cancelled all holidays and leaves while it works feverishly to prepare a two hour special.

      Nobody’s had the heart yet to tell ‘em… ;-)

  • roids
  • roids

    fake I found the real pic

  • PlutocratsSuck

    “radioactive gigantism”? pffft. Clearly it was aliens spraying chemtrails.

    • Jesse4

      And you think the alien’s chemtrails aren’t radioactive?

      • PlutocratsSuck

        If it were radiation exposure, that squid would be green with a pair of purple shorts on. Everyone knows that.

  • catharina

    Maybe the biology professors last name Grimmshould’ve rang a bell…

  • ChesapeakePirate

    Funny. Next, there’ll be a video where you can see the strings attached to make the tentacles move.

  • DrZanz

    So a story posted on a site called “the lightly braised turnip” is taken even slightly seriously? Come on guys, COME ON.

  • xetaprime

    I believe it.

    • Jesse4

      The camera doesn’t lie.

  • nobunagasrule

    Next thing you know when you flip it on CNN there’s gonna be people in Japan runnning and screaming GOJIRAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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