A Man Sparked Panic After Sharing Creepy Photos Of Creatures Coming Out Of The Ocean
A man sparked panic after sharing creepy photos of creatures coming out of the ocean. Jan Vorster from Still Bay, Western Cape, South Africa, took a picture on the beach and posted it on Facebook to bring attention to environmental issues. But when his photos were shared by another page that called the shapes "sea spiders," they ended up causing confusion and fear.
Here are some of the reactions and comments found online. Someone wrote:
They look like some alien thing from Warof the Worlds with Tom Cruise.- Netizen
Meanwhile, someone else said:
Omg I wouldn't even stay to try and see what it is. I would run like hell.- Netizen
Hayley Ross commented:
What the are they? What ever they are they look dead or covered in pollution another amazing plant or creature that humans have destroyed probably But definitely not Aliens they wouldn't even bother coming to destroy us as they will know we will do it for them so all they need to do is wait.- Hayley Ross, netizen
Even though it seems like most of the comments about the scary-looking photos are jokes, Jan says that he has heard from vacationers who are worried that the beach might not be safe. Some people even sent the pictures to an environmental scientist to look at. The scientist confirmed that the shapes did not pose any danger to people.
At first glance, you would think that the organisms crawling and emerging from the ocean are marine spiders. Spidery shapes, on the other hand, are dead aloe vera plants.
I thought I could use this as a metaphor for how people see these plants as aliens, but we are actually the two-legged aliens messing up their world. That was the idea. The comments started immediately. Then it was shared like you can't believe.- Jan Vorster
I was surprised [by the reaction]. I thought that people would have fun with it, but then it was very serious, some of it was extremely serious. A lot of people were scared of these alien-looking sea monsters. It was like Jaws - is it safe to go into the water? People kept asking me when they [the creatures] were coming out, and if they were only coming out at night.- Jan Vorster
Jan is surprised by the unexpected response to his unique photography and is eager to continue working on similar projects. He said that some people said he lied to them and that he should be crucified because of that. People have had a lot of fun, though.
"I learned a lot about social media. It's [just] a picture, I didn't expect this to happen and for the reaction to be so big," he shared.
Aloe is a type of plant that looks like a cactus and grows in hot, dry places. It is grown in subtropical parts of the world, like the southern border areas of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. In the past, aloe was used to treat skin problems and was thought to stop balding and help wounds heal.
Aloe vera often dies because its roots rot because it gets too much water or because the soil doesn't drain well. Aloe vera needs time between waterings for the soil around its roots to dry out.
If your aloe plant looks lifeless, you can bring it back to life in a number of ways, such as by changing how often you water it, using rooting powder, or changing the pot. Here's what you need to do to bring an aloe plant back to life.
Choose a container with big holes at the bottom for water to drain out. Aloe plants need a pot with good drainage holes. Make sure the holes are big enough to let water out and stop the roots from rotting from standing water. A larger container will help the roots stay healthy.
Aloe plants in the shadow tend to droop, so give them at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Place them in a sunny area of your yard. Moving them to the sun should be done gradually. The plants are unable to withstand severe shocks or temperature fluctuations. Gradually expose them to the necessary sunlight; do not switch your aloe plant from shade to direct sunlight in a single day.
Aloe plants do not require frequent watering, even in the summer. Only water aloe plants once the soil has totally dried out. Depending on the weather and temperature in your area, this could range from once a week to every two weeks.
Make a plant pot twice the size of the plant. Check to determine if the pot has adequate drainage holes. Remove the plant from the little pot using a sharp knife. Replant and water frequently to keep the soil moist.
Jan says that the Internet panic is still going on, even though science has shown that it is not true. He says that he still gets messages from people on vacation who are worried that the beach is unsafe. On November 30, a South African Facebook page shared a picture of Jan's Aloeferoxes.
The picture got more than 2,000 likes, comments, and shares. One user said: "I just wanted to stop my trip. I don't swim because of things like this. I'm scared of sharks already."