Facebook post of giant fish 'a joke' according to poster

Posted at 2:39 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 11:11:59-04

A picture of a seriously scary looking creature is making its rounds on Facebook and it's fake according to the person who made the post.

The author of the post tells NBC26 that he shared the picture with friends as a joke. Saying that the giant sturgeon-like fish was found on Lake Winnebago. 

It quickly went viral on Facebook. 

The post had close to 9,000 shares as of Friday morning. 

But, it appears to be just a 'big 'fish tale.'  

According to a post online, a strikingly similar picture claims the fish is in Maine.

Great shot of a Sturgeon in Kennebec River (Maine)