PRANK: Maylen Walker fooled Facebook friends after Photoshopping a fake shark into her underwater photo.
PRANK: Maylen Walker fooled Facebook friends after Photoshopping a fake shark into her underwater photo. Contributed

Shark hoax hooks ’em

MAYLEN Walker put her photo manipulation skills to the test and tricked Facebook users after editing a shark into her underwater selfie.

The 19-year-old went for her weekly trip to Kemp Beach on Saturday and was inspired to play a "shark prank" after her friend insisted something kept brushing against her leg in the water.

Maylen, who usually goes to the beach to surf or paddle board, didn't expect such a large response to the photo and was surprised with the number of people who contacted her personally.

The Rockhampton girl said she used Photoshop to edit the picture and couldn't stop thinking about what lurks underneath the water after watching a show about ways to deter sharks.

"I felt inspired to play a shark prank and it was perfect timing with it being Shark Week (on The Discovery Channel)," she said.

"The response I got was more than I expected. Since a lot of people know my photo manipulation skills, I thought they would second guess whether it was real or not," she said.

"I had a lot of people message me, asking where it was and telling me how crazy the situation was… I was approached and asked about it, even at work and when I was out on Saturday night."

Maylen said she eventually told everybody it was a joke, saying: "it was just Bruce (the shark) from Finding Nemo wanting a selfie".

"It goes to show how you shouldn't believe everything you see on the internet," she said.

"It demonstrates how easy it is to make an audience believe something untrue simply by editing a photo with a computer program."

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