Oh freeway shark, we wish we could quit you.
A photo of a shark swimming on a flooded freeway made the rounds on social media during Hurricane Irma. But those affected by Irma flooding needn't worry about sharks—the photo is fake.
— Maury Page (@mopage19) September 10, 2017
Published in National Geographic in 2005, the original photo of the shark was actually taken by photographer Thomas Peschak in South Africa. But it gets frequently doctored and recycled whenever there's a massive storm.
When Peschak took the photo, he was in the ocean — not a city street — observing the great white from a kayak. Which sounds terrifying, but at least the shark was safely in the ocean where it belonged.
Now, hoaxsters take the shark out of open waters and plop him onto freeways whenever and wherever streets are flooding. Over and over.
This shark has been everywhere! https://t.co/kfzYtbC8oq
— Greg Diamond (@gdimeweather) September 11, 2017
The edited photo most recently appeared in the Twitter melee during Hurricane Harvey — and this time around, Twitter was quick to point out the shark's amazing powers of cross-country teleportation.
Amazing shark swims from Hurricane Harvey to Hurricane Irma. Where will it swim next! pic.twitter.com/1K4XyYTYlX
— (((Josh))) (@Tyrangiel) September 11, 2017
— Rex Kramer® (@RexDangerSeeker) September 11, 2017
Truly iconic. An inspiration. I've seen this same shark swim up a different highway after a major hurricane for 12 YEARS. How does he do it? https://t.co/zMpAvhTPgI
— Raychel Briggs (@RaychelBriggs) September 11, 2017
— Stephen Port (@realstephenport) September 11, 2017