Fox News host Jesse Watters told his viewers that he saw a shark swimming along a flooded highway in Houston after falling for a fake viral photo that is frequently posted online when flooding occurs.
Watch Jesse Watters get duped by the fake shark photo on national television pic.twitter.com/sbDLuavvzS
— Eric Koch (@EricDKoch) August 29, 2017
Watters was discussing the incredible “biblical things” that he saw on social media because of tropical storm Harvey on “The Five” Monday night, including alligators and “sharks.”
“I’ve seen some amazing things out there just looking at television,” Watters said. “Alligators on people’s back-door steps. I saw a shark on a highway swimming in the water.
“There’s some really weird biblical things that are going on down there in Houston. I can’t imagine how I would be experiencing that as a guy from the Northeast, but I think Texas has it figured out.”
Watters agreed with co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle’s remarks that the hurricane aftermath was “like ‘Sharknado.'”
It appears Watters fell for a viral photo retweeted nearly 70,000 times with the caption: “Believe it or not, this is a shark on the freeway in Houston, Texas. #HurricaneHarvy.”
— Jason Michael (@Jeggit) August 28, 2017
But a simple google search reveals the photo has been shared as far back as 2011, according to Politifact.
Then it came back in 2012, with social media users claiming it was taken in New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy.
In 2015, this very same shark had already been spotted in Houston after severe floods.
— Erica Verrillo (@EricaVerrillo) August 28, 2017
Y’all please stop tweeting me that shark on a flooded highway photo
It’s not Houston. It’s not #Harvey. It’s not real.
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) August 29, 2017