Fake shark video creates online uproar

fake shark video
Fake shark video is getting plenty of attention online. Photo is a screen grab from the video

Australian Terry Tufferson strapped a GoPro camera to his head, walked out onto Manly’s Jump Rock in Sydney Harbour, and jumped into the water. This we know is true.

What happened next has created a great debate across streams of social media that has most people calling it “fake,” some people calling it real, and some people calling all the constant posts about it annoying.

What happened next is Tufferson surfaced and heard a buddy call out, “Shark! Shark! Behind you.” Then Tufferson submerged under the water and came face to face with a great white shark, prompting an underwater scream. The shark swam by again and Tufferson kicked out at the shark, or allegedly does so.

Here’s the video, see what you think:

The video was posted Wednesday and by Friday morning it had nearly 5.9 million hits with 6,624 comments.

The Marine Conservation Science Institute, a well respected site, was so inundated by inquiries it felt the need to comment about the fake shark video on its Facebook page on Friday:

“We’ve had a lot of you sending us this YouTube clip and asking if we’ve seen it. Yes, we saw it 2 days ago and did not post because it is FAKE! But in the interest of reducing our inbox flow … here it is … a stupid, but clever editing job.”

Clever indeed. So clever it prompted Richard Farr, the owner of Digital Video Experts in Sydney, to tell the Manly Daily (via the Daily Telegraph), “Unless I see the original footage I can’t say for sure, but I think it is real. If it turns out to be a fake, then this person has done an outstanding job.”

But commenters point out the first shark seen in the video is quite different than the second shark, yet Tufferson calls his video “Man fights off great white shark in Sydney Harbour.” Shark not sharks.

Others mention the sudden change in water color, and yet others say how the shark “seems to teleport from the middle of the video to the lower left corner.”

That magical moment occurs at the 59-second mark.

So, real or fake? As one commenter said, “A good fake.”

OK, can we all move on now?

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