By Erica Abbott
An image purportedly showing a shark swimming down a freeway in Houston, Texas following Hurricane Harvey is a digitally-manipulated fake. The photo, which often resurfaces in the wake of natural disasters, has been tricking people for more than six years.
According to Snopes, the digitally-manipulated photo has been circulating social media since August 2011, when Hurricane Irene ravaged Puerto Rico. “That’s a shark swimming down the street next to a car,” the photo claimed. Except it’s actually not.
— Jason Michael (@Jeggit) August 28, 2017
The shark was actually taken from a 2005 photo. The image features a great white shark following a kayaker in crystal clear waters, which was later edited to appear as though it were swimming in a flooded street or highway. It has since gone viral during several hurricanes or tropical storms, including last year’s Hurricane Matthew and, most recently, Hurricane Harvey. No sharks, however, have ever been found swimming in the streets during these tragedies.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night and was later downgraded to a tropical storm over the weekend. At least five deaths and dozens of injuries have been reported in the aftermath of the catastrophic flooding.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake photo on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Photo of Shark Swimming Down A Houston Highway Following Hurricane Harvey
— Sophia (@SeaGoddess11) August 28, 2017
— darren park (@darrenpark12) August 28, 2017
Shark on the highway pic.twitter.com/s4pTn74HSv
— havoc9191 (@extreme3030) August 27, 2017
— Mıκε Gαяяεтт (@THEMikeGarrett) August 28, 2017
Y’all. There’s a SHARK swimming on highway 290 pic.twitter.com/umLprasROu
— WILL REDDALL (@WillReddall) August 28, 2017
Have you seen the fake photo of a shark swimming down a Houston Highway following Hurricane Harvey circulating social media? What are your thoughts on viral hoaxes in times of tragedy? Sound off in the comments section below!
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