AI video showing fish with human faces claiming to be from Samsara Lake, Karanji is viral!

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Lake Samsara, one of the lakes of the tropical sources of the Nile, is located in the isolated tropical area of ​​Karanji. Recently, a strange fish was discovered that resembled a human face! This has baffled and amazed aquatic research scientists

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A 1:25-minute video has gone viral on social media claiming that strange fishes resembling human faces have been found in Lake Samsara, one of the lush jungles of the unexplored region in Karanji.

At the beginning of the video, it mentions “Homo Piscis (Fish with a human face)” and various types of fish are shown throughout the video. It can be seen that all the fish are in the shape of human faces. You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

A Google reverse image search of the keyframes of the viral video revealed that the video was first posted on the YouTube page Headtap Videos on January 18, 2024, under the title “The shocking truth about human-faced fish revealed.”

Also on the same YouTube page, a video was published that mentioned ‘Plant with eyes’. They have also added the hashtags lake Samsara and Karanji to the title.

So a further search on the YouTube page Headtap Videos revealed that the channel description says “Experiments with graphics and videos”. This means that the videos on these YouTube pages are made using graphics technology.

We also uploaded the keyframes of the viral video on the hivemoderation website and analyzed them to see if the footage of the viral video was generated by AI. At the end of the study, it showed us that this photo is 99.9% generated by AI.

We looked for Samsara Lake in the Karanji area after watching videos that claimed to have this unusual species of fish. It was discovered that Mysuru, Karnataka, has a lake with the name Karanji. However, there isn’t a lake called Samsara in the Karanji area.

Conclusion:

Our investigation leads us to the conclusion that the claims of fish in Samsara Lake, Karanji that resemble human faces are untrue and are fake AI videos.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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