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Video appears to show shark in Florida backyard during Hurricane Ian

For years, there has been a flood of fake videos and memes online after major storms claiming to show sharks swimming in flooded streets. So when a video apparently of a shark in a flooded backyard in Fort Myers, Florida surfaced during Hurricane Ian this week, gathering millions of views on Twitter, viewers were skeptical.

But this time, the recording was real, even if it has not been confirmed if it was a shark, according to the Associated Press. The news agency interviewed Dominic Cameratta, a real estate agent who filmed it on his cell phone, and reviewed the clip’s metadata to confirm it was filmed this week.

The video shows a fish that appears to be 4 feet long, with sharp dorsal fins, circling and jumping in the water. “I didn’t know what it was,” Cameratta said. “I walked up and all my friends were like, ‘It’s like a shark, man!'”

Experts interviewed by AP expressed mixed opinions about whether it really was a shark. George Burgess, former director of the shark program at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said the fish appears to be a juvenile shark. But Neil Hammerschlag, director of the shark conservation program at the University of Miami, said it was hard to tell what it was.

What has been happening to animals in Florida during Hurricane Ian?

Images allegedly showing sharks in urban areas after hurricanes and major flooding have been repeatedly debunked since at least 2011. according to Snopesa fact-checking website.

An image of a shark swimming on a road filled with water was uploaded after Hurricane Irene hit Puerto Rico in August 2011. The same image has been widely recirculated after subsequent storms in different areas: in 2016, it was in Daytona Beach, Florida.; One year later, In Houston; and in 2018, it was in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Snopes reported that the original image from 2011 was also a hoax. incorporated a 2005 photograph of a kayaker being chased by a great white shark.

Hurricane Ian has devastated Florida, killing at least 23 people, according to state officials. It made a second landfall in the United States on Friday, hitting the South Carolina coast as a Category 1 storm with torrential rain and strong winds.


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