It’s not every day that one of my photo’s is usurped for an April Fool’s gag. Maybe that’s because, thankfully, April Fool’s Day only comes ’round once every 365¼ days, or 366 days if it’s a leap year.

Anyway, the other day I was alerted to a pingback on my blog which, naturally, I had to follow, being the naturally curious fellow I am.

It led me to this post on Look4it Knysna, by local radio DJ, Pieter Cloete, where I was alerted, as you’ll read, to an April Fool’s gag someone some twit had Tweeted.

This is a screen grab of the original Tweet by “griffin @watkykjy” on April 1:

shark in knysna lagoon april fools tweet
Shark photographed in Knysna Lagoon on April 1? Perhaps not.

At first I wasn’t sure how to react. Should I be incensed that someone had “stolen” my picture for their nefarious attempt at an April Fool’s prank? Should I report the matter to the authorities? But what authorities – the Coast Guard (do we even have a Coast Guard in South Africa), the Sea Fisheries Institute (do they still exist?), the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Sharks Board (we definitely had one of those the last time I looked)…

In the end I decided to just let it go. No harm done, proper links in place anyway, and a small spike in my blog stats. A nice little laugh for us all. What the heck, it was April Fool’s after all.

Later, Griffin changed the pic, after a bit more Photoshopping, to this one (or maybe a giant octopus moved in and devoured the giant shark):

little octopussy in Knysna lagoon
Even scarier than the giant Knysna shark – a year’s supply of calamari on the hoof, as it were.

The un-doctored picture comes from a previous blog post. I’m looking forward to see what “Griffen @watkykjy” does next year.

Oh, and one last thing, “Griffin @watkykjy”; I don’t really think you’re a twit…I just thought the word worked well with “Tweeted.”



  1. I know this is old, but that wasn’t the original post, nor did he create the original image with the shark.

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