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“Alien invasion” sparks panic in South Africa

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“Alien invasion” sparks panic in South Africa

“Alien invasion” sparks panic in South Africa

A South African man’s photos of dead plants went viral and sparked a wave of hysteria after they were mistaken as aliens emerging from the sea. The pictures, posted to a South African Facebook group, have elicited hilarious responses that are still circulating now with Kennedy News covering it all!

“I was surprised [by the reaction],” Jan Vorster told Kennedy News of the extraterrestrial-seeming pics, which were snapped in his hometown of Still Bay, Western Cape. “I thought that people would have fun with it, but then it was very serious, some of it was extremely serious.”

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He added, “A lot of people were scared of these alien-looking sea monsters. It was like ‘Jaws’ — is it safe to go into the water?”

At sunrise, the 62-year-old farm worker captured an eerie sight of wilted aloe vera plants arranged on a beach. With its tentacles resembling that of a monster’s, the photos were posted to Facebook in hopes to spread awareness about environmental destruction. Prized for its healing properties and evergreen succulent look, the images held valuable meaning behind it all.

“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,” Vorster described. “That was the idea.”

Sadly, users mistook Vorster’s eco-friendly photo as literal evidence that aliens had invaded Earth–similar to Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast in 1938 entitled “War of the Worlds”. This misinterpretation triggered a wave of hysteria amongst social media users.

“Just wanted to cancel my vacation,” exclaimed one aghast viewer of the unorthodox eco-PSA. “Because of things like this, I don’t swim. I’m already scared of a shark.”

“Please go back into the ocean,” pleaded another, while one petrified commenter wrote, “Are you serious? Holy moly… scary.”

“Never seen those before in all the years living on the coast,” declared another. “Maybe they’re only in Cape waters.”

“It felt like I was watching War of the Worlds!” exclaimed one commentator, in reference to the tall invaders Steven Spielberg featured in his 2005 science-fiction remake.

“People kept asking me when they [the creatures] were coming out, and if they were only coming out at night,” explained Vorster, who also re-created the eerie performance piece at a nearby river.

In an attempt to dispel panic, the bewildered eco-warrior tried to explain that this was no SeaT.

However, his aloe vera-fication only made things worse as critics claimed he’d “misled them” and “should be crucified,” Vorster claimed.

“People Googled the Aloe Ferox [scientific name] and couldn’t put two and two together,” he lamented. “They kept saying, ‘Please help us, because this is not a plant. This can’t be a plant.’ “

Some online worrywarts even sent Vorster’s photos to an environmental scientist, who confirmed that the figures weren’t dangerous to humans.

In spite of any negative response, the determined farmer still intends to develop similar ecological PSAs in the future. “I’ve learned a great deal and I’m very passionate about continuing with Aloe Feroxes while centering on environmental matters,” Vorster asserted confidently.

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