Scenes of an extinct giant sea scorpion found in Australia? Find out the truth … – Factcrescendo Sri Lanka

Claims relating to the discovery of species that are said to have been extinct often arouse a lot of interest among many nature lovers. However, there are also many misleading social media posts relating to such rare results. This is our investigation of such a claim relating to a giant sea scorpion, which is said to have become extinct millions of years ago.

Complaints on social media

Claims about the rare discovery of a giant extinct sea scorpion, which could grow up to 2 meters in length, have been shared by social media users as shown below

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Here is another narrative of this incredible claim.

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Could a species rumored to have been extinct millions of years ago survive that long? We have decided to investigate this bizarre claim.

Verification of the facts

We did a reverse image search and were able to find that the photos were taken from a BBC documentary series. The clip from the film was released in 2010 on a BBC website called “Ancient Sea Scorpion”.

He reveals that the video is a graphic recreation of the formidable claw action of a grotesque aquatic predator. Thus, it is clear that viral images on social media do not portray a real scorpion but only a graphic recreation of a unique species from the prehistoric age.

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The video is an episode of the documentary “Sea Monsters”: a part of the documentary series “Walking with Dinosaurs”. Nigel Marven was the host of this award winning TV series “Sea Monsters” while Karen Hayley was the narrator.

British Wildlife presenter Nigel Marven starred as a time-traveling zoologist in the documentary series Sea Monsters in which he tries to recreate scenes of the most dangerous seas filled with ancient marine predators. The giant sea scorpion was one of the few species created from computer-generated and animatronic imagery.

Production of the documentary lasted about 7 months and the locations were mainly around the oceans near New Zealand and the Red Sea of ​​Egypt. Marven’s enthusiasm for the oceans and the experience of swimming with big sharks was one of the reasons why he was selected as the host by Jasper James, the director of the documentary “Sea Monsters”. More details on this can be taken from here. Filed.

The Sea Monsters was created by the Impossible Pictures production team while the animatronics for marine animals were created by Crawley Creatures and the visual effects were made by Framestore.

The documentary “Sea Monsters” was created in 2003 and the Impossible Pictures production team produced in collaboration with the BBC. This is how Impossible Pictures talked about the “Sea Monsters” series.

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How to create animatronics of ancient animals? Below is a video explaining the basics of unique and realistic creations.

In the documentary “Sea Monsters”, scorpions were just one type of animal that was recreated and other species whose characteristics can be seen below.

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We searched the results on scorpions in Australia and were able to find that a fossil of the larger scorpion was found in Australia and had been placed in the Queensland Museum since 2013. However, the researchers took a closer look at that ancient fossil. of scorpion during COVID19 blocked the period and identified it as a large predatory scorpion fossil and the scorpion could be a mammoth animal (order Euripterida).

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We were able to find that giant sea scorpions are now limited to ancient era fossils and not living species. Many details about the ancient marine scorpions and their fossils can be taken from here. Filed.

These large marine scorpions finally lived 251.9 million years ago. More details on this can be taken from here.

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Conclusion:

According to our investigation, we were able to find that viral photos on social media do not portray a truly extinct large scorpion. The images were captured from the BBC documentary “Sea Monsters” which aired in 2010, and is just an animatronic model used to recreate scenes of what a giant sea scorpion would have looked like in prehistoric times.

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Title:Scenes of an extinct giant sea scorpion found in Australia? Find out the truth …

Fact Check By: Kalana Krishantha

Result: Misleading

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