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'Shark' scare in tranquil Austrian lake
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'Shark' scare in tranquil Austrian lake

The Local · 18 Jul 2016, 10:16

Published: 18 Jul 2016 10:16 GMT+02:00

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The Mondsee Lake which is close to the Austrian city of Salzburg is surrounded by mountains and is not a place where sharks - freshwater or otherwise - have ever been seen before.
The viral image was posted by local man Gerald Herrmann who said he had spotted the sinister shape in the water near the local Plomberg swimming area.

Photo: Gerald Herrmann/Facebook
Once he posted the images online, he was bombarded with comments and the image was then quickly widely shared.
Some people worried about whether the authorities had been informed, while others contacted them and asked for there to be a bathing ban until the matter was cleared up.
Local fish expert Josef Wanzenboeck attempted to defuse the situation, saying that a real shark would probably not live more than about an hour in the lake.
The scientist from the University of Innsbruck said: "There are freshwater sharks, for example in the Amazon, but they tend to live in estuaries in brackish water."
After Gerald Herrmann was tracked down by local officials, the Austrian admitted that the picture had been altered with Photoshop.
He said that after finding a quiet swimming spot, he thought it looked like a shark had scared away all the bathers.
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He came up with the idea of creating a scary snap with Photoshop, but did not expect everyone to panic.
He said: "I wish all of my other Photoshop creations got as much attention."
Story courtesy of Central European News.

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