They were behind the April Fool’s joke with the “real-life orca”: “It took four weeks of work” (Koksijde)

They were behind the April Fool’s joke with the “real-life orca”: “It took four weeks of work” (Koksijde)
They were behind the April Fool’s joke with the “real-life orca”: “It took four weeks of work” (Koksijde)
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Koksijde

The most successful April 1 joke in Flanders? Undoubtedly the ‘real-life orca’ that turned out to have washed up on the beach of Koksijde on Monday morning. In reality, a papier-mâché creation by the former leadership of the scouts Casa Oostduinkerke. “A nod to the discussion about who could have the real orca Reveil that washed ashore last year,” says Warre Balduck.

Anyone who walked around the beach of Sint-André near Koksijde early on Monday morning must have rubbed their eyes quite a bit. Especially from a distance, it looked as if another orca had washed ashore, just as was really the case in October. (Continue reading below the box)

Photos on the municipality’s website showing firefighters setting up a perimeter fueled any disbelief. But anyone who looked closer, or thought carefully, knew better: it was an April Fool’s joke. But probably the most successful in the whole of Flanders. (Read more below the photos)

A perimeter was even set up.

A perimeter was even set up. — © Municipality of Koksijde-Oostduinkerke

A perimeter was even set up.

A perimeter was even set up. — © Municipality of Koksijde-Oostduinkerke

Paper mache

The idea for the joke came from the municipality, which worked together with the technical department and the carnival group of the former leadership of scouts Casa in Oostduinkerke. “We dressed up as firefighters and put that orca there in the morning,” says Warre Balduck, one of the creators. “We had four weeks of work creating the orca. She is five meters long and one and a half meters high. First we made a skeleton with wooden beams, then chicken wire and finally three layers of paper mache. She is actually very sturdy, the orca even survived our first carnival procession in the pouring rain.” (Read more below the photos)

The orca during construction.

The orca during construction. — © IF

The orca during construction.

The orca during construction. — © IF

“On our float we apparently had the two mayors boxing over our orca. Hilarious, and it won us first prize. Anyone who would like to take over the paper orca from the former scout leadership can always make us a proposal,” Warre concludes with a laugh.

'The mayors' fighting over the orca during the carnival.

‘The mayors’ fighting over the orca during the carnival. — © IF

Very much appreciated

In any case, the joke was greatly appreciated. Throughout the day, curious people came to look at the false orca to be sure that it was not a real one. And Marc Vanden Bussche, mayor of Koksijde, and Bram Degrieck, mayor of De Panne, also joined in the story. At the end of last year they were still arguing when the real orca Reveil washed ashore, just in De Panne. There was debate about who should have the skeleton.

READ ALSO. Argument over skeleton of orca Reveil: “Agreed, he washed up there, but he ended up stranded with us”

“It looks like this one is Reveil’s brother and will therefore find his resting place with his brother in De Panne. Agree?” Degrieck handed out a shot to his colleague in Koksijde. “A place has already been provided next to our sperm whale in the new fishing museum,” he said. A successful joke for everyone.

Many people came to see the false orca.

Many people came to see the false orca. — © Municipality of Koksijde-Oostduinkerke

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