Remember these mind-dlowing viral videos? Yeah, they were fake

Posted: 1:21 PM, Jul 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-12 14:21:48-04

These hunters aren't getting  attacked by a lion , and this snowboarder isn't getting  chased by a bear .

The Woolshed Co. , an Australian production studio, released these videos and a handful of others like them to see what makes something go viral online.

And some of them racked up millions of views.

This one of a swimmer  trying to escape a great white shark that apparently isn't real has been viewed more than 34 million times. Woolshed claims all eight of its videos racked up more than 205 million views overall.

The company released a self-congratulatory video featuring clips of newscasters discussing the videos; a few took the bait, but others seemed skeptical.

"They either animated the bear or got it from a green screen stock-footage website," said one newscaster.

"Is this video real?" another asked.

"I think it is," one replied.

Funny enough  Woolshed said the debate  on whether the videos were real or fake spurred their popularity.

The company's managing director also told  The Guardian  the trick is to treat each video as entertainment and to include a good thumbnail image and a good headline.

This video includes clips from  The Woolshed Co .

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