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01/06/2015 07:18 BST | Updated 01/06/2015 07:59 BST

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

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.

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“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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