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Shark Tank

Claim:   Photograph shows sharks at the bottom of an escalator after the collapse of a shark tank.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, June 2012]

There is a photo being passed around of sharks at the bottom of escalators. The captions say the shark tank at The Scientific Center in Kuwait collapsed.


Origins:   First of all, this isn't a photograph taken at Kuwait's Scientific Center (which does have a shark tank); it's a photo snapped at the basement retail concourse of Toronto's Royal Bank Plaza complex, which together with the adjacent Union subway station was shut down for several hours on 1 June 2012 after it was flooded with rainwater and sewage.

Second, no sharks were present in Union Station that day. This image is one of many Photoshop-produced memes that circulated on the Internet in the aftermath of the Toronto flooding incident, several of which featured sharks. The image shown above used the following original flood photo as its basis:

Last updated:   15 June 2012

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    CBC News.   "Union Station Meme Floods Social Media."
    1 June 2012.

    CBC News.   "Union Station Flooding Investigated by TTC and City."
    2 June 2012.

    National Post.   "Toronto's Union Station Reopens After Massive Flood of Rainwater and Sewage."
    1 June 2012.