Another cyclone presents an opportunity to show old “footage” of sharks swimming through flooded streets, a classic example of sharks showing up where they most certainly shouldn’t. a typical hoax But is it?
You may have seen the viral footage of what looks to be a shark swimming down a Florida street on social media. Actually, it might be the first officially identified “street shark” from a catastrophe movie. The verdict is still out, but it’s hardly a clear-cut no.
Following Hurricane Ian’s devastation of the state and the flooding of some regions caused by the storm surge, low-resolution smartphone video appears to show a shark-like fish in the floodwaters of Fort Myers’ suburban area in Lee County, Florida.
Dominic Cameratta, a Florida real estate entrepreneur, has been identified as capturing the clip by Storyful, Snopes, and AP News, despite the fact that other people have claimed credit for the footage on Twitter. More than 12 million people have watched it in total.
Cameratta, who Storyful was able to locate, said the video was shot on September 28 at roughly 8 am in Fort Myers as rising floods began encroaching on neighboring residences. Storyful’s deputy news editor, Rob McDonagh, tweeted that the metadata. The film’s time and date were verified via MP4 files.
Cameratta claims that the creature was captured on camera as it thrashed about in shallow water in his neighbor’s backyard as he was sitting on his terrace. Whether the object seen is a shark has not yet been confirmed.
Cameratta told AP News, “I didn’t know what it was; it simply looked like a fish or something.” My companions all exclaimed, “It looks like a shark, guy,” as I zoomed in. He calculated its length to be about 1.2 meters (4 feet).
The majority of the specialists AP questioned ranged from unconvinced to circumspect in their responses, although George Burgess, the former head of the shark department at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told AP that it “appears to be a juvenile shark.”
Burgess claims that young bull sharks frequently inhabit low-salinity environments like rivers and estuaries, and can thus be found in water bodies that are connected to the sea like ponds and canals. Hurricane Ian might have confused a shark, causing it to swim up a channel or get pushed inland by a storm surge.
Therefore, this poor lost critter might actually be a hurricane shark, or a “one-fish sharknado,” to use the technical term.
Just a friendly reminder that while Hurricane Ian’s shark may be real, the ones that are currently circulating are not. These sharks were posted in a Twitter thread with an increasingly hilarious absurdity that confused passersby who had obviously never seen Bait.