Hyderabad: National Geographic a media house is known for its wildlife coverage. It hosts a variety of shows on its television channel and also publishes a magazine too. In social media a claim is going viral which states that National Geographic Channel has brought a certain video for 1 million US dollar. In the video it can be seen a shark jumps and catches a helicopter flying above the ocean, thus drowning the helicopter.

The claim reads, “National geographic channel has paid 1 Million Dollar for this rare video..What a video”

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The video was also shared on YouTube, with the same claim

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Fact Check: Extracting certain key frames from the viral video we ran a reverse image search which led us to a movie title ‘5 headed shark’. The English movie was released in 2017. In the trailer of the movie we can see the same video which is being virally shared.

Moreover National Geographic doesn’t mention any policy of buying videos on their website. According to a FAQ question answered by National Geographic Channel it says, “Unfortunately, our magazine and website editors do not accept any unsolicited photographs for publication. They plan articles and features months, sometimes years in advance and make assignments based on the coverage envisioned.

The exception is “Your Shot,” our global photo community where you have the opportunity to share your work and be featured on our platforms. You can find the community on Instagram at @NatGeoYourShot and tag your photos with #YourShotPhotographer for a chance to be featured.”

Similar claims were also viral in 2017 when a tornado video was said to be bought by National Geographic for $ 1 million. According to a fact check by Snopes revealed that the majority of the video comes from the 2014 Movie, ‘Into the Strom’.

Hence the claim that National Geographic has bought the video for $ 1 million is false.

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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