Debunked – A Bull Shark Was NOT Found in Kentucky Lake
A link making it's way around Facebook claims a Bull Shark was found in Kentucky Lake. SPOILER ALERT! It's not true.
I noticed this morning several friends sharing the post below from the website, React365.com:
The story reads, "Coast Guard Officials have determined that a 9 foot Bull Shark was identified in Kentucky Lake. A team of marine scientists are flying in from Florida to capture and study it." A similar claim from a website called, BreakingNews365.net has also been circulating.
I would think in this day and age of "fake news," and social media's power to spread it quickly, people would be a bit more diligent before taking stories like this as gospel, and sharing it with their friends or followers. Yet, here we are.
If you click on the React365.com link and scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll see a disclaimer stating the following:
This website is an entertainment website, news are created by users. These are humourous news, fantasy, fictional, that should not be seriously taken or as a source of information.
If you only read part of that disclaimer, let it be the part that says, "should not be taken seriously or as a source of information."
Still not convinced? Go directly to the React 365 homepage, and you'll find a large, pink banner at the top of the screen that reads in all caps, "PRANK YOUR FRIENDS!" followed by a submission form where people can literally make up a fake news report. It's intentions couldn't be more clear.
While this particular story is relatively harmless, it serves as a good reminder that if you see a friend share a story that seems a bit "fishy" (see what I did there?), do a little research before you blindly share it as fact.