No more rotten story — a large, dark-colored fish with a dorsal fin was caught on camera swimming through a flooded street as Hurricane Ian smashed through a Florida suburb.
The mysterious creature, aptly nicknamed “Street Shark,” can be seen swimming through a flooded Fort Myers backyard in a cellphone video that racked up over 12 million views on Twitter in a single day.
For years the internet has been plagued with false claims about sharks swimming the streets during widespread flooding – but for the first time, that may actually be the case.
Local real estate developer Dominic Cametta braved the Category 4 hurricane to shoot the video from his back patio on Wednesday morning after spotting something flapping around in his neighbor’s flooded garden.
“I didn’t know what it was — it just looked like a fish or something,” he told the Associated Press. “I zoomed in and all my friends are like, ‘That’s a shark man!'”
Flooding in Fort Myers, a popular Gulf Coast tourist destination, just as Cameratta began recording the video. When the outlet reached out to authenticate the video, water had risen “all the way to the top” of his home.
Cametta believes the fish may have found its way from a nearby stream into a retention pond, which then overflowed as high tides rose, causing the mysterious creature to spill into his neighbor’s backyard.
Cametta estimated the fish was about 4 feet (1.2 meters) long. Because of the creature’s length, scientists contacted by the AP say the mystery fish could very well be a real shark.
George Burgess, the former director of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s shark program, told the AP it “appears to be a juvenile shark,” while Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, director of the University of Miami Shark Conservation Program, said it was “pretty hard to do.” tell.’
Even without confirmation, many Twitter users reveled in the possibility that there might finally be a “street shark.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/30/shark-spotted-swimming-in-flooded-florida-streets-in-hurricane-ian-17482121/ "Shark" spotted swimming in flooded Florida streets during Hurricane Ian