Hurricane Sandy: no sharks in the backyard

Thu 1 November 2012 18:00, Tamara Yadvichuk

Hurricane Sandy: no sharks in the backyard

Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest and most destructive Atlantic storms in recorded history, filled the streets with ocean water and internet with photos of suspicious origin, among them an alarming picture of a shark in someone’s backyard. 



The shocking photo appeared on the Facebook page of a New Jersey resident a few days ago and created quite a buzz around the social media world.


Well, guess what: the shark picture, along with a number of other alarming shots, turned out to be a fake. The creature was simply photoshopped into the image of a porch submerged in water.

The internet community didn’t take long to discover the truth: even the original image of the shark (below) used to create the disturbing illusion was found.


The shark picture is definitely not the only Photoshop creation related to the hurricane circulating the web at the moment. Snopes, for example, discovered quite a lot of them: some turned out to be skillfully combined images, some – real photographs taken earlier in different parts of the world, even some catastrophe movie snapshots were used!

Take care, and enjoy the perfectly genuine video of the CBS reporter Chip Reid with his crew… and a huge wave. 

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