An online frenzy ensued after reports of a shark being caught in a Kentucky lake surfaced on Tuesday, prompting the state to issue a statement reassuring the public that swimming in Kentucky is not going to produce a Jaws-like encounter.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources issued a statement on Facebook on Tuesday saying that online reports of a bull shark being found in Kentucky are “fake ‘news.’”
“Unfortunately, on social media sites people are posting false info such as ‘Kentucky Lake Bull Shark Caught,’” the department said in the Facebook post. “Many of these sites are entertainment with user-generated content.”
The department said it posts real fish and wildlife news on Facebook and at fw.ky.gov.
False reports with the headlines “Bull shark spotted in Kentucky lake” and “Ky lake bull shark caught” were posted on an entertainment website and appeared to have been shared thousands of times on social media on Tuesday.
The website says its “news” is created by users and is “fantasy, fictional” and “should not be seriously taken or as a source of information.”