Japanese Whaling Crew ‘Eaten Alive by Killer Whales, 16 Dead’ is Fake; MV Nisshin Maru Ship Still Going

An article saying that a Japanese whaling crew with the MV Nisshin Maru was eaten by killer whales is a hoax.

The bogus report was posted to World News Daily Report, a so-called satire website.

“A Japanese whaling crew has fallen victim to a dramatic full on assault by a school of killer whales, killing no less then 16 crew members and injuring 12, has reported the Japanese Government this morning,” the now-viral article says. The crew of the MV Nisshin Maru Japan’s primary whaling vessel and the world’s only whaler factory ship, was forced to leave the deck temporarily as a gas leak was detected within the ship’s processing factory that resulted in the ship being temporarily disabled all while continuing to carry approximately 1,000 tons of oil.”

But according to a disclaimer on World News Daily Report’s website, the content posted there shouldn’t be taken seriously.

“World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction,” it reads.

A number of people on social media websites apparently believed the whaling hoax.

“For once the table has been turned, maybe they will learn,” one person wrote in the comments section.

Added another: “I think the world has turned upside down when people start caring more about animals then people.”

“Well thats what they get shouldnt have been out there in the frist place now they lost their live as far as the gas leak could of been the whales causing that gas leak they will never know how much worse it could have been KARMA serving the world,” said another.