Tsunami Washes Up Deep Sea Creatures - Analysis
Though the preceding images are real, and all the strange-looking creatures depicted in them do exist, said creatures were not, contrary to what the accompanying text claims, found washed up on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand after the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004.Most if not all of the photographs were taken in 2003 to document specimens collected during the joint Australian-New Zealand NORFANZ research voyage in the Tasman Sea. They can be found displayed on the Australian National Oceans Office Website under the title "Creature Feature."
According to news sources, many fish were indeed left stranded on dry land and died when the tsunami waves withdrew, but I have find no reports of exotic, deep-sea varieties among them. What's more, it seems unlikely that all of the same species depicted in these Tasman Sea photographs would also be found in the Indian Ocean.
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Amazing Tsunami Picture
Emailed image purports to show the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004 washing ashore on the Thai island of Phuket (or Indonesia, depending on version.
'Live Photos' of the Tsunami
Series of emailed images purports to show people running for their lives as the Indian Ocean tsunami washed ashore the day after Christmas 2004, but it actually documents a tidal wave on the Qiantangjiang River near Hangzhou, China in 2002.
'Dead Mermaid' Washed Up by Tsunami
Emailed photos allegedly show the carcass of a dead mermaid washed up on a beach at Chennai, India by the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004.
Fish Contaminated with 'Zulican' Virus After Tsunami
Text messages and forwarded emails warn Asian consumers to avoid eating seafood because fish killed by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami are supposedly infected with a deadly virus called "Zulican."
Plea to Help Girl Orphaned by Tsunami
Circulating via email, photograph of a young girl in Phuket Hospital, a victim of the Indian Ocean tsunami whose parents were never found.
2-Year-Old Tsunami Victim in Thailand
Emailed images of a 2-year-old tsunami victim found battered and bruised but alive in Khao Lak, Thailand.
Sources and further reading:
Official Website of the 2003 NORFANZ research voyage in the Tasman Sea
Part of the NORFANZ site and source of the emailed images
Deep Sea Fish in Hoax Tsunami Email
Last updated: 01/20/05