Experts Claim Viral Video Of Hurricane Ian “Street Shark” Is Real

Every year during hurricane season, fake videos are spread across the internet showcasing sharks swimming through floodwaters.

The sharks are often pictured swimming along roads, in yards, and in other public areas – like something out of Sharknado!

Photo: Max Pixel

Hurricane Ian was no exception, and it wasn’t long before a shark video popped up on social media. However, this time was different. Experts have weighed in and the video is actually real this time!

The shark has been dubbed the “street shark” and was filmed in someone’s flooded yard swimming around.

Cellphone footage captured the shark-like fish swimming in a suburban area of Fort Myers in Florida.

Photo: YouTube/Storyful Viral

Given the number of falsified shark videos circulating the internet, people were naturally skeptical of this video at first. However, Storyful, Snopes and AP News have reported Florida resident Dominic Cameratta filmed the clip, which they verified was authentic.

According to Storyful, their team spoke with Cameratta who said the video was taken on September 28 from his patio in Fort Meyers.

Storyful’s news editor Rob McDonagh tweeted that they confirmed through the video’s metadata that the video was taken on the date and time Cameratta claimed.

Speaking with AP News, Cameratta said: “I didn’t know what it was — it just looked like a fish or something. I zoomed in, and all my friends are like, ‘It’s like a shark, man!’”

He believes the creature was around 4 feet long.

Reporter Jane Lytvynenko tweeted about the sighting: “After over half a decade of debunking this hoax every time there was a flood or hurricane, I can’t believe I’m looking at an honest-to-god street shark. Good to finally meet you, pal.”

While the video appears to be real, it’s unclear if the creature in the water is a shark or a different kind of fish.

According to AP News, George Burgess, former director of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s shark program, said the animal “appears to be a juvenile shark.”

While it’s neat to see a potential real-live street shark, there are plenty of fake shark photos and videos making the rounds as well.

In fact, there’s a whole Twitter thread dedicated to it!

It just goes to show you can’t always believe what you see on the Internet. But sometimes, it surprises us with something cool.

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