Calling all fakebusters!
Here is a collection of photos of alleged dinosaurs, monsters, various animals and other things that are actually frauds and hoaxes.
Some are deceptively clever, while others are unbelievably bad. (We will let you be the judge about which are clever and which are shamefully bad!) Have fun!
this Noah's Ark?
This is a genuine photo of a genuine rock formation in Turkey that many have claimed is the remains of Noah's Ark. Let's fakebust the object.
Ness monster (photo number 1)
The most famous Loch Ness monster photo. It was allegedly taken by a surgeon at Invermoriston in 1933, but a deathbed confession blew this monster apart.
Ness monster (photo number 2)
The second-most famous Nessie photo. It was actually taken in Sri Lanka, and it wasn't a plesiosaur. It wasn't even a monster.
Sand sculpture of WTC plane attack on
Many people think this photo is a fake, but it's not. It's a genuine sand scupture of how a well-known sand artist imagined the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
at World Trade Center on September 11,
At the exact minute Muslim terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center in 2001, this guy was allegedly standing on the observation deck of the WTC in front of one of the planes, quietly having his photo taken. Yeah, right!
Shroud of Turin
Feelings run strong on whether the Shroud of Turin is genuine or bogus. There is strong evidence for both sides, but both can't be right.
croc invades Fraser Island
This is fake photo evidence of a crocodile on a beach that even fooled the local newspaper.
Covers the 2008 hoax, and the story of the original hoax that still fools millions.
UFO (and how UFO photos have been
Taken in Queensland, Australia, this article shows one of the best UFO photos we have seen. But the photo uses trickery that wasn't available to earlier con-artists.
Pteranodon in South Africa
One of the best pteranodon/pterodactyl fake photos in the world. We'll show you how to fakebust it.
Plesiosaur washed up on beach
Millions who weren't aware of the original photo were sucked in by this bogus picture of a “plesiosaur” on a beach.
Hylaeosaurus in jungle
Here's a rare photo of a dinosaur ambling through a jungle village. This is an excellent hoax based on a dinosaur that many people know little about.
John T. Scopes 1925 UFO
This photo of the central character in the famous “evolution monkey trial” of 1925 shows a UFO in the background. We found it on a university website and have now fakebusted it!
Plesiosaur (Pacific blue)
This is a very good fabricated photo allegedly of an extinct plesiosaur swimming behind a diver in the Pacific Ocean. But let's fakebust it anyway.
Monster iceberg above and below the
A full iceberg? Not likely, but this photo swept the world in emails and has hoodwinked millions.
The Hercules mammoth
This pathetic photo of a mammoth is so bad that we still have trouble believing that anyone thought it was genuine. It is an extremely amateurish attempt to add fur to an elephant, yet it fooled some.
Extinct South China Tiger
A Chinese farmer was jailed in September 2008 for selling these fake photos of the rare, or extinct, South China tiger to China's Shaanxi Forestry Department.
Archaeopteryx is an extinct bird known only from fossils, so if this photo was real it should have reaped millions from science journals and newspapers instead of just doing the rounds in emails.
Sahara sail dinosaur
Hmmm. What can we say? How many were conned by this plastic dinosaur superimposed on a genuine background?
Black Forest dinosaur
A small dinosaur in a forest clearing looked like the perfect dinosaur shot. But we've fakebusted it!
Astute readers will realize that just because most of the photos in this series are fakes, it does not mean every sensational photo is a fraud. A picture of a living dinosaur may still prove to be genuine. The purpose of analyzing these photos is to show you some major areas to watch for — simply to help you spot hoaxes.