Many people sent me this image over wahtsapp that shows sharks swimming inside a building and claim the Shark Tanks in Kuwait Scientific Center has Collapsed. Here is the truth about that fake image from internetmarketinginc.com:
Just Because It’s Online, Doesn’t Necessarily Mean It’s True
Caption on Facebook: “The collapse of the sharks tank in the Scientific Center in Kuwait. Which caused chaos between staff and visitors!”
The first time the image above was shared on Facebook, there were some immediate comments and shares with some people who appeared shocked based on their comments when they saw the caption of the photo. The last time I checked it, the image had 5,419 shares last Friday, June 15, 2012.
Shark Tank Hoax – Scientific Center in Kuwait Shared more than 5000 times
This is not really true, read more details about it below.
First thing I noticed was the escalator. Clearly the rails are made for escalators, but the steps are green tiles. That looks like they were made for swimming pools and bathrooms. Clearly this was made to be underwater. So this may be some amusement park of some sort.
UPDATE (6/17/2012): After further staring at this picture… the escalator does look real, the tiles idea came from the greenish hue of the steps. And looking at some areas of the railing, also have this green coloration. Probably caused by the photo editing of the file when trying to match up the colors of mixed images. Which made the dark black escalator steps look like green tiles.
Upon searching some images online, it appears like the sharks have been “photoshopped” into the image. Since the shark on the left is a popular shark used in many photo edited images. (source)
Popular “Photoshopped” Shark
Upon researching further, it appears this image first came out on an internet meme site, where users upload funny pictures relating to basement floods that happened in Toronto. The photo above was said to be taken at Toronto’s Union Station during a recent flood last June 1, 2012.
Update (6/18/2012): The Inquisitr posted the original image without the sharks. And as they were explaining this was a hoax, they were also talking about other people referring this photo as “Sharks at the Mall”. The original “photoshopper” was also found to be Jamie A. King and confirmed by a tweet to Mashable writer Christine Erickson that he made the image.
Original image used before the sharks were edited to be included in the photo.