Hyderabad: A video showing a bird flying over a beach carrying a fish with its legs has gone viral on social media. The video claims that the fish was a shark.

A Twitter claim reads, “A bird carrying a shark. Where you sit on the food chain isn’t always obvious – a clear warning to the present administration on how quickly you can be voted out. (Sic)”

The video was also tweeted by former American basketball player Rex Chapman and an article was carried by The Indian Express.

The video was also viral on Facebook.

Huge bird Flies Over US Beach With Shark Gripped in it's Claws. Video Leaves Netizens Stunned

Posted by Memes wala Banda on Monday, July 6, 2020

Fact Check:

Extracting certain key frames from the video, we did a reverse image search and found an article published by ABC news on July 3. It says that the video is from Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. According to the article, the bird in the video is Osprey. The article reads, “While the sea creature might be large, Ed Piotrowski, chief meteorologist with local media outlet WPDE, said it’s actually a large Spanish mackerel being carried by an osprey.”

It also states that the video was shot by Tennessee native Ashley White from the 17th floor of an apartment where she was enjoying her vacation. The video was shot by her on June 22.

Ospreys are large birds with long legs. These birds hover over the shallow waters and catch fish with their legs as seen in the viral video.

The fish being carried by the bird is a Spanish Mackerel which is a commonly found sea fish. The fish grows fast and can weigh up to a maximum of 13 pounds.

Hence, the claim that the bird was carrying a shark is false. The bird is carrying an easily found Spanish Mackerel.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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