By David Helwig
Monday, October 26, 2009
"That's not a footpath," writes blogger P.Z. Myers, a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. "It's a single lane dirt road for cars, just to give some sense of how big this beast is."
At time of writing (9:44 a.m. on Monday) 27 readers had posted comments on the picture, some rather skeptical.
"PhotoShop is one of my favorite software programs," writes Neil B. "I wonder why Lindsay didn't include a silly squirrel with that moose. :-)"
"Am I missing something or doesn't anyone see that this is clearly Photoshopped," adds Abz. "There's a light outline around some parts of the animal and the light on the beast is different from the light in the background. Or is it some joke that I don't get?"
But reader Mikecbraun begs to differ: "The "outline" around the moose is the early-morning sunlight. I don't think it's PhotoShopped. My friend and I saw a big one running off into the pines and found moose tracks the size of large dinner plates on roads up around my cabin in Northwestern Ontario. They get biiiiiig. And Alaskan moose get even bigger."
To see another photo of the big brute, and read the comments, please click here.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Shortly after SooToday.com posted this article, Lindsay, the purported photographer, posted this comment on ScienceBlogs.com: "I didn't Photoshop it, but why would I need to when moose really get that big? I didn't take the picture, it was passed to me in an e-mail. If I were there I would probably have been running as fast as I could in the opposite direction!)