A video shows a massive pod of Dolphins in South Africa,
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Recently, social media users widely circulated a video clip claiming to feature a pod of dolphins in South Africa, moving swiftly in sizable groups. Users shared the video and expressed their concerns about whether this could be a foreboding sign for South Africa.
An X user published the video along with the caption, “South Africa again...what's going on...those dolphins KNOW. STAND WARNED. Is something catastrophic going to hit South Africa?”
Misbar investigated the viral footage and found the claim to be misleading.
After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team found the video making the rounds to be outdated.
The Video Shows a Pod of Dolphins in South Africa in 2021
Contrary to the viral claim, the footage is not recent, it dates back to May 2021. The video was shot on the shores of Fish Hoek, South Africa, at the time.
SWNS, a YouTube channel, published the original video on May 6, 2021, under the title, “Stunning footage shows a whale and a pod of dolphins tucking into some food together | SWNS.”
Another YouTube channel also uploaded the same video on May 11, 2021. According to the video's description, the scene was filmed off the coast of Fish Hoek, South Africa. A pot of dolphins was busy catching fish, and amidst them, a colossal whale emerged.
Photographer Kade Tame skillfully captured a remarkable moment when a pod of dolphins and a humpback whale engaged in an intense feeding frenzy near Fish Hoek in Cape Town.
Tame explained the experience, saying, "We encountered the super-pod of dolphins and decided to track them. As we followed their path, we noticed the other part of the super-pod approaching from Muizenberg beach," Tame said to Cape Town Etc. "We then realized that it was the same pod, and they were engaged in this activity for a purpose, which was to gather fish. Before we knew it, the water became turbulent, and a breathtaking feeding spectacle unfolded before our eyes."
South Africa Struck by Storms Recently
In mid-September, Cape Town in South Africa was hit by strong winds and waves, causing some dams to overflow and flooding streets and homes in certain areas.
The South African Weather Service issued a level 9 orange warning for the Western Cape in anticipation of heavy rainfall that occurred over the weekend. This warning was prompted by the development of a cut-off low-pressure system, which intensified on Sunday, resulting in widespread thunderstorms and powerful winds. The forecast indicated that over 100mm of rain was expected to pour down within a 24-hour period.