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WATCH: Jesse Watters fell for shark hoax pic in Houston floods

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Jesse Watters of Fox News’ “Watters’ World” is normally the one behind pranks, not the one falling for them.

But here Watters fell for one of the oldest fake photos that’s been swimming around Twitter for years: The shark on the flooded highway.

Watters casually references this as real. ” I’ve seen some amazing things out there just looking at television. Alligators on people’s back door steps. I saw a shark on a highway swimming in the water. Like Sharknado!”

Yeah….no. The photo, it turns out, was first published 2005 and shot in South Africa. It’s been knocking around the Internet since at least 2011.

Watch:

Twitter users raked Watters over the coals for what social media frenzies around like…sharks in the water: gullibility.

Now, all that being said…there are fake photos, but there are also real risks.

Sea creatures and swamp reptiles like alligators do get washed into human-occupied space during floods and hurricanes. In the 1994 central Georgia floods, there were gators and snakes in the hallways of flight line buildings at Robins AFB.

So…if you’re in Houston, be careful out there. You could run into some real animals, but it’s really (really) unlikely you’ll see a shark. If you’re Jesse Watters or anyone else plying the infested waters of the Internet, just be careful, period.

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  1. Jeffrey Smith

    August 29, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Watters is good at his humorous interview segments, but is in over his head trying to be a newsman.

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