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Quick Fact Check: Fake Post Claiming The New Species Of Coral Have Been Found In Galapagos Islands Resurfaces

Vishvas News had earlier investigated the post and found it to be fake. The photo shown in the post is a 3d fractal digital work created by and not the new species of coral found in the Galapagos Islands. The fake post has resurfaced on social media.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: September 22, 2021

New Delhi (Vishvas News): A post has resurfaced on Facebook that states a new species of coral was recently discovered off the coast of the Galápagos Islands. The post shows the photo of the purported bright blue-and-white striped coral, as claimed.

Vishvas News had earlier investigated the post and found it to be fake. The photo shown in the post is a 3d fractal digital work created by and not the new species of coral found in the Galapagos Islands.

Claim

The post shared on Facebook features an image of the purported bright blue-and-white striped coral. The claim alongside the post reads: “New species of coral…it was found near the Galápagos Islands…..WOW.”

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Investigation

Vishvas News performed Google Reverse Image Search of the photo and found the same image on a website Deviant Art posted by a user named Batjorge. Batjorge is an Iterative Fractalist, as suggested in his bio.

As per the website, “Deviant Art was founded in August 2000. DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community.”

In the comment section on the website, ‘batjorge’ replied that he never claimed it as other than a 3d fractal digital work, done with Mandelbulb 3D software.

Vishvas News contacted the user ‘batjorge’ and he said: “I know for some time that my image has gone viral over the internet, specially on FB pages, and have been shared hundreds of thousands of times without exaggeration.”

The complete fact check can be read here.

The photo was shared on Facebook by a user named Alex Shea. When we scanned the profile of the user we found that the user is based out of California.

Conclusion: Vishvas News had earlier investigated the post and found it to be fake. The photo shown in the post is a 3d fractal digital work created by and not the new species of coral found in the Galapagos Islands. The fake post has resurfaced on social media.

  • Claim Review : New species of coral…it was found near the Galápagos Islands…..WOW.
  • Claimed By : Alex Shea
  • Fact Check : False
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