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Video of a Shark in Lebanon Is Not Recent

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
24th June 2023
Video of a Shark in Lebanon Is Not Recent
The shark video was taken in April 2023 in Lebanon (Twitter)

The Claim

A recent video features a shark spotted in Lebanon.

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After the tragic incident of a deadly shark attack in Egypt, a video purportedly showing a shark swimming at Lebanon's El Zahrani Beach is making the rounds online.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral video and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team found the circulating video to be outdated.

Shark Video in Lebanon Was Not Shot Recently

Contrary to the claim, the circulated video dates back to April 2023.

Social media users shared the video at the time, asserting that it was filmed at Adloun Beach in southern Lebanon, but without specifying the exact date of filming. 

On April 30, a Twitter user posted the video on their account with a caption stating, "The Ministry of Agriculture urges Lebanese citizens not to panic about sharks in Lebanese waters, as they are not aggressive and are attracted to warm beaches. This video shows a shark at Adloun Beach."

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the original video from Twitter.

Lebanon Clarifies the Confusion Regarding the Presence of Sharks

The Head of the Lebanese Civil Defense's Maritime Rescue Unit, Samir Yazbek, has revealed the truth about the appearance of sharks in Lebanese waters.

In a statement on Thursday, Yazbek stated that after conducting patrols, dolphins were spotted, indicating that the Lebanese coast is merely a transit point for sharks as they migrate along the coastline to a distant location. Therefore, they do not come very close to the Lebanese shore.

Yazbek pointed out that sharks may come closer to the shores if there are waste materials on the water's surface or dead fish, as they approach to feed on them before continuing their journey into the depths of the Mediterranean Sea.

A Shark Killed a Russian Tourist in Egypt

The video has gone viral after a Russian man was fatally attacked by a shark in Egypt. Egyptian and Russian authorities have confirmed the incident, which took place near a Red Sea resort in Hurghada. The attack was carried out by a tiger shark.

The Egyptian Environment Ministry has taken action by capturing the shark and conducting laboratory analysis to gain insights into this uncommon attack.

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