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We're Gonna Need A Better Hoax: There's No Great White Shark In Newport Beach

This guy won't be ruining your weekend (Photo by Mogens Trolle via Shutterstock)
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It's okay, Newport Beach! It turns out the reports of a great white shark spotted in the water are bogus. News of this fake shark was spread via a photo of a press release on social media. The letter, typed on phony Coast Guard letterhead, told of a 15-18 ft. adult Great White shark "swimming along his portside in an aggressive fashion" off Newport Pier. It warned the public to stay away for the next 48-72 hours. Memorial Day Weekend. How convenient!

The real Coast Guard took to Twitter to let everyone know there was no predatory shark.

While most are assuming the prankster was just trying to clear the beach for themselves this weekend, I prefer to think it was a viral marketing campaign for Ghost Shark 3.