HYDERABAD: An image of a heart-shaped pond is viral on social media. Users claim that the pond is called "God's Hand" and is located in Zimbabwe. One such Facebook post has received over 1000 comments.
The claim is false.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found several stock image websites that carried the same image. According to DreamsTime, Shutter Stock, Twenty 20 and Alamy, the blue heart-shaped quarry lake is called 'Kadykovsky quarry' and is located in Balaklava (Russia). The image on one of the websites is titled, "Blue heart-shaped lake, Kadykovsky quarry, Balaklava, Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia ''.
According to a travel blog, Kadykovsky is an abandoned quarry among surrounding hills in the outskirts of Sevastopol. The quarry is called `Kadykovka'. The quarry was developed in the last century, and then it was abandoned. It was slowly filled with water and turned into a giant rusty funnel with a blue-green lake below sea level
NewsMeter also searched on Google Maps and found the same image. This indicates that the heart-shaped pond in the viral image is located in Russia. Furthermore, there is no pond called "God's Hand" in Zimbabwe.
Thus, the claim is false.