Did you see the headlines on the latest find on the shores of Lake Michigan? Take a look if you missed it:
Wow! Can you believe that they actually found a 21 foot-long freshwater squid on the shores of Good Harbor Bay? Unbelievable! How in the world did the squid make it to Lake Michigan in the first place? The article tells us:
““This is first time there’s been an actual specimen recovered, so this is very exciting”, she said. It is believed that a few of the squid escaped from the Cleveland Sea World complex during the great Northeast blackout of 2003 when they were very young, and somehow made it into Lake Erie.””
Amazing! But why didn’t they leave the lake and move to other places? The article tells us:
“According to Dr. Polowotski, the squid were kept contained in Lake Erie, as the Detroit River is too narrow and shallow for the squid to swim upstream. “They are intimidated by closed-in spaces. They need a lot of room. You have to remember that this is a very big animal”, she said.”
Unbelievable! What are the consequences that this giant creature will have on the lake? The article tells us:
““Hopefully the walleye can keep the tiny-giant squid population under control, else there is some cause for concern”, said Dr. Polowotski. “Boaters and swimmers really need to exercise some caution”.”
Ground Breaking! (Are you starting to feel like you’re watching the 1960’s “Batman” TV Show?)
Mind Blowing! Can you believe something like this could ever happen? I hope not!
At Reasons for Hope we’re always challenging folks to critically evaluate what you see. When I saw this article on a friends Facebook page it immediately smelled fishy, and not just because it was dealing with squid, but because the picture didn’t match what the headline was saying.
Take a look again at the photo:
Does anything look out of place to you? Do you notice the kelp on the shore? Lake Michigan doesn’t have kelp in it. In addition, the shores of Lake Michigan aren’t made up of black volcanic rock!
So, I did some digging and found out that the source for the article is a website called “breakingnews365”. When you go to their website you see that it is a place where you can put up an image and make your own headlines.
Talk about “fake news”, this takes it to a whole new level.
The lesson is, don’t just read the headlines! I don’t know how many times we can say this until people will get sick of hearing it. But the fact of the matter is we’ve got to do just that. Find secondary sources and read the entire article before buying the hype.
In a world that is full of misinformation unless you know the truth, you can be deceived. Christian, get into the Word of God. Study it so that when the fake information is being disseminated, you can immediately recognize it and then neutralize it with the truth of God’s Word.