“This is the picture of a woman who turned to a fish on her wedding day,” the caption reads.
The post has been shared nearly 5,000 times. The image is clearly a bad photoshop job, and people can’t be turned into fish.
But where does the original photo of the fish come from?
Using a reverse image search, Africa Check discovered that the original, unaltered photo is now some 12 years old.
It was first published in a 2007 report by the San Francisco Chronicle, a newspaper based in the US state of California, under the headline “A ‘wolf of the sea’ washes up near Sea Ranch”.
The article shows the fish – without human legs – and quotes an expert as identifying it as a long-nose lancetfish.
“They are wild looking," Carrie Wilson of the US Department of Fish and Game is quoted as saying in the 2007 article. “I've see these every so often. They show up on the beach very rarely.”
No, the photo doesn’t show a woman turned into a fish on her wedding day. It’s a manipulated image, taken from a 2007 news report. – Sam Ancer
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