FACT CHECK: Is this an image of a shark swimming in a Sydney train station in July 2022?

FACT CHECK: Is this an image of a shark swimming in a Sydney train station in July 2022?

This shared on Facebook shows a shark in Sydney’s subway station.

Facebook/Screenshot

Facebook/Screenshot

Verdict: False

The image is digitally edited. The original photo is from 2014 and does not feature a shark.

Fact Check:

Residents in low-lying suburbs of Sydney, Australia were urged to evacuate following floods triggered by heavy rainfall, according to Reuters. Some areas were hit by as much as 35o millimeters of rain since July 2, the outlet reported.

The Facebook image, garnering over 170 reactions, appears to show a shark swimming in a flooded subway station as a man in a yellow jacket looks on. The caption claimed that Sydney aquarium staff were on their way today to address the issue at Sydney’s train station.

The image has been digitally edited. A reverse image search revealed an unedited version of the photo first appeared in a 2014 article from the Daily Mail. The photo does not include a shark. According to the photo’s description, it depicts emergency workers trying to drain the flood-damaged Lewisham station in Sydney after a huge spring storm.

The same picture was shared on Twitter in October 2014 by the Australia News Network.

JUST IN: Lewisham Train Station in the Inner West of #Sydney has been flooded amid severe storms. #SydneyStorm pic.twitter.com/hWHGKu36VI

— Australia News Network (@AusNewsNetwork) October 14, 2014

“JUST IN: Lewisham Train Station in the Inner West of #Sydney has been flooded amid severe storms.” No shark is mentioned in the tweet. (RELATED: Does This Image Show Sharks Swimming In A Pennsylvania Mall? )

Another angle of the flood at Lewisham train station was published on Twitter by the Today Show with the caption, “#Lewisham train station looked like an Olympic Swimming pool or something out of Titanic.”

#Lewisham train station looked like an Olympic Swimming pool or something out of Titanic.” – @ChrisUrquhart #Today9 pic.twitter.com/ksNHQOdOlW

— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) October 14, 2014

This is not the first time altered, flood-related photos have spread online. A viral photo that showed a shark swimming in flood waters of Louisiana during Hurricane Laura was debunked by Check Your Fact.

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