Instagram Influencer Branded 'Disgusting' After 'Baby Dolphin' Prank
A social media influencer has been slammed after posting a 'prank video' which appeared to show him eating a baby dolphin - it later turned out it had been made using a 3D printer.
Oh, the banter. Sadly, however, not everyone saw the funny side with plenty of the cheeky chappy's 1.6m followers turning on him and branding him 'disgusting'.
The 24-year-old from Stuttgart, who goes by the name 'Inscopenico', received thousands of messages from animal activists who thought he had actually killed, cooked and eaten a real-life baby dolphin.
And to be fair, it's not hard to see why - it's a fairly convincing video.
In the 'joke' clip, 'Inscopenico' can be seen chopping up the life-like dolphin before putting it in a pan, frying it, and then eating it.
But after sending a proportion of his followers into meltdown over the stunt, he admitted that the dolphin was not real and that it had been made using a 3D printer.
Once it had been created, he placed the silicone dolphin in the freezer before filming the video.
He said: "I am playing with my reputation here. It was a risky stunt and I don't know how it will end."
'Inscopenico' claimed the video had actually been made in collaboration with the organisation 'Followfish', which works to protect the seas and protect endangered or rare species.
He said: "I wanted to make people think. I am not a vegan but I have started to think about what I eat. People should think about what they eat and not just eat the cheapest meats and should inform themselves more."
But despite his protestations that it was, in fact, a fake, the influencer's followers were not so impressed with his video.
One critic blasted: "You are a sick idiot. Dolphin is also full of quicksilver and a quarter of all dolphin breeds are endangered. Regardless whether real or fake, you are still a complete idiot."
Another wrote: "Inscope ate a rare baby dolphin how disgusting has YouTube become."
But others saw the funny side: "A dolphin made of plastic and everyone is flipping out."
Another commented that: "Surely his followers are used to his humour by now."
After the outrage, he followed up with another video explaining his actions and showing that the dolphin was not real but indeed produced using silicone from a 3D printer.
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