Tsunami marine biology: the hoax

Ten minutes ago, I wrote the following blog post …

Here’s some less-depressing news about the tsunami: It flew inland with such force that it deposited a whole pile of weird-lookin’ sea beasts on the ground. A discussion board for deep-sea divers has posted a bunch of pictures of them here!

(Thanks to Noah for this one!)

… and instantly a couple of astute readers posted notes on the comment areas noting that the pictures on that discussion board aren’t from the tsunami; they date back to a mid-2003 ocean exploration voyage, as noted on the Snopes urban-legend-busting site.

I love the speed at which incorrect stuff gets fact-checked online! Thanks all around.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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