A Facebook account that posts wildlife photography has jumped the shark. In May, the account shared an image of what appears to be a great white breaching, soaring above the surf. "National Geographic’s photo of the year," the caption says.
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The photo was posted by a Facebook account called "The Planet Today" and it’s been shared more than 300,000 times. The account did not immediately respond to a message seeking the source of the photo.
National Geographic also did not immediately respond to an email asking about the Facebook post.
However, searching for the image on Google reveals a number of posts that pre-date 2018. In February 2017, for example, a Twitter user tapped the image for some early-morning inspiration. "Do sharks complain about it being Monday?" he tweeted. "No, they are up early, biting stuff, chasing food, being scary, reminding everyone they’re a shark."
The shark wasn’t the photo of the year in 2016, either, when this same shark pic was making the rounds on social media.
In December 2016, National Geographic posted a blog refuting a claim that the photo was its photo of the year—an award the magazine doesn’t have. But editor Daniel Stone took the opportunity to blast fake news as a "threat to those of us in the business of telling the truth." He also shared 14 real shark photos. Check them out here.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!