Several Twitter users have shared a 15-second clip of a giant fish leaping out of the water and attacking a helicopter. As per social media claims, National Geographic paid a million dollars for this “rare video”.

Former Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi shared the video on her Twitter account on May 11, 2022.

The video was also circulating in 2020. A Twitter user shared the viral video along with the text, “National geographic channel has paid 1 Million Dollar for this rare video..What a video”

Alt News received several requests in 2020 to fact-check this on WhatsApp (+917600011160) and on our official Android application.


We performed a reverse image search on Yandex using InVid, a video verification tool, and found that the clip is from the 2017 movie ‘5 Headed Shark Attack’.

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Using this as a clue, we performed a keyword search on YouTube and found that the official trailer of the film was posted by YouTube Movies on September 2017. At the 1:05 mark in the trailer, we can see the shark bringing down the helicopter.

Social media claims associated with the viral video are false. “National Geographic paid one million dollars” is a popular internet hoax. In 2017, it was shared with a clip from the movie ‘Into the Storm’ which was debunked by Snopes, a US-based fact-checking website.

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Archit is a senior fact-checking journalist at Alt News. Previously, he has worked as a producer at WION and as a reporter at The Hindu. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at S3IDF.