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Great White Shark Swimming Down Flooded Houston Street Goes Viral (Again)

01/06/2015 11:18 | Updated 01 June 2015

Torrential rains hit Houston last week and the images of submerged cars and ruined homes have been jarring to say the least.

So has this now viral image – taken from a car window which apparently shows a shark swimming down a street.

Houston has enough to deal with right now so mercifully it’s a fake.

But it’s not the first time this naughty street dwelling shark has gone viral.

In it’s last guise, the image surfaced in 2011 and was linked to Hurricane Irene.

It appeared on EgoTV with the caption: “This picture was taken in Puerto Rico shortly after Hurricane Irene ravaged the island. Yes, that’s a shark swimming down the street next to a car and this is exactly why authorities in NYC are warning people not to go swimming in flood waters after a hurricane.

“Sharks go where fish go, and fish go where water goes, and if that water (and those subsequent fish) happen to be right outside your front door, then guess where that freakin’ shark’s going to be?!”

But in fact, this old shark has been going viral for ten years.

Snopes traced the image back to its original and genuine inception in 2005 where the shark – identified as a Great White - was snapped trailing a kayaker off Capetown.

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    In this aerial photo, people canoe through floodwaters past a stop sign near Bear Creek Park Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters move from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    Gabby Aviles carries her daughter Audrey through floodwaters outside their apartment in Houston, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Heavy rains overnight caused flooding in the Houston area. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, people prepare to launch a canoe from a flooded parking lot near Bear Creek Park Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, homes are surrounded by floodwaters near the San Jacinto River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Channelview, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, a building and dump truck are surrounded by floodwaters near the Brazos River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Rosenberg, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, a school playground is covered by floodwaters near the Brazos River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Rosenberg, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    The Colorado Rivers flows out of its banks Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Wharton, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    The Colorado Rivers flows out of its banks Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Wharton, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    In this aerial photo, a truck sits in floodwaters near Bear Creek Park Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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    A swollen river flows behind search and rescue volunteer Chad Hartsman of Houston, as he walks through the flood damaged area Friday May, 29, 2015, in San Marcos, Texas. Search efforts continue for those persons who went missing from the Memorial Day weekend floods in Central Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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