Claim to the hidden Antarctic continent and the killer squid is Pants on Fire!
There could be another continent under Antarctica. Not only that, but a giant squid-like creature is lurking nearby, deep in the Antarctic Ocean, at least according to a blog called “Alien News.”
And there’s more: the creature has already killed three scientists – and the Russian secret service knows the secret behind it all.
So says the so-called news blog shared in an August 24 Facebook post stating, “Russia is telling the world that Antarctica IS NOT what it seems.”
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with Facebook.)
First consider the claim that a “brand new species” of squid, referred to in the article as “Organism 46B”, is believed to be living deep under the Antarctic ice floes and preying on a team of Russian scientists trying to study it.
The earliest mention we could find of the so-called “46B Organism” is a September 2012 satirical report by author C. Michael Forsyth. He wrote for Weekly World News, which published fictional reporting between 1979 and 2007 centered on paranormal themes and American folklore.
Forsyth’s article was republished on a personal blog page, where it is clearly labeled fictional. It describes “a highly intelligent octopus-like creature that claimed the lives” of three Russian scientists who discovered it.
In fact, Antarctica, which is Earth’s southernmost continent and whose gargantuan, sprawling ice shelves hold around 80% of the planet’s fresh water, is home to a variety of lesser-known creatures, including the krill, crustaceans and, yes, very large squid – but not squid which has always been known to prey on humans.
We’re referring to the aptly named colossal squid, aka Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, described by the non-profit marine life advocacy group, Oceana, as a “massive squid that lives in the depths of Antarctica” and is “the most Earth’s largest invertebrate. ”
The colossal squid can measure up to nearly 50 feet long and weigh more than 1,000 pounds, according to Oceana.
But colossal squids do not emit any type of poisonous venom that paralyzes their prey. They have tentacles “covered in suckers fitted with strong, sharp hooks, used both to capture prey and to control predation,” the New Zealand Museum says on its website.
It’s unclear exactly how many creatures exist, as sightings are extremely rare, given that the squids live thousands of feet below the surface of the Antarctic Ocean and have been found as far south as New Zealand waters. , according to the museum.
Searching the news archives, we also found no mention of deadly attacks on humans by this particular species of squid.
As for the other claim that another continent exists below Antarctica, factual science tells us that is not possible.
University of Chicago geophysics professor Andrew Campbell explained why in a PolitiFact interview once before: The planet’s total mass has a density far greater than that of its crust alone, reaching 5.5 grams per cubic centimeter. on average (counting all the mass of the planet) against 2.7 grams per cubic centimeter on average for the rocks of the crust.
If the Earth was hollow and there really was a civilization beneath the crust, the mass of the planet would need a lower density than the rocks in the crust. And that’s just not the case.
A Facebook post has suggested that another continent may exist beneath Antarctica, which is also home to a deadly sea creature of unknown origin called “Organism 46B”.
“Organism 46B” is a fictional creature. And there is no evidence of an “other continent” below Antarctica.
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