Video Of Fish On A Mexican Beach Shared As Video Shot In Bali

The video was shot in Mexico and not in Bali, Indonesia as posts claim.

A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple posts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim it shows fish washed up on a beach on the Indonesian island of Bali. The claim is misleading; the video shows people collecting fish on a beach in Mexico.

The video was published on Twitter on June 9, 2020. It has been viewed more than 177,000 times.

The one-minute 14-second video shows a group of people collecting fish on a beach.

Screenshot of the misleading post

The post's Indonesian-language caption translates to English as: "Why did these fish in Bali died on the seashore? @BNPB_Indonesia."

A yellow-coloured subtitle imposed on the clip reads: "these fish happened at a Bali beach."

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"BNPB_Indonesia" is the official Twitter account of the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Bali is a province and a resort island in Indonesia.

The clip has also been watched more than 3,100 times after it was published with a similar claim on YouTube here, here and here; on Facebook here and here; and on Twitter here.

The clip has also been posted with claims in Spanish and English that it was taken in Panama, in Venezuela or in Acapulco, Mexico.

The claims, however, are misleading.

A reverse image search and a subsequent keyword search on Google found it was previously published on Facebook here on April 2, 2020.

The post's caption reads: "COMONDU FISHING. #COMONDU. Fishing in Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos."

The same video was also posted on April 2, 2020, here.

The caption says: "Fishing in Puerto Adolfo López Mateos

#Attention In the fishing community of Puerto Adolfo López Mateos Baja California Sur, fishermen manage to cast a gill net (Chinchorro) and catch tons of fish."

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Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos is a seaside town in Comondu, a municipality in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

License plate

The clip in the misleading post briefly shows a car license plate at the 54-second mark as seen in the screenshot below:

Car license plate in the misleading post video

A Spanish-speaking AFP journalist analysed the plate number in the video and found that it corresponds with plate numbers issued by Anapromex, a Mexican company that helps register vehicles from other countries.

Below is a screenshot of an Anapromex license plate found on its website:

Screenshot of a sample of Anapromex plate on its website

Below is a screenshot comparison between the plate in the misleading clip (L) and the plate on Anapromex website (R):

Comparison between the plate in the misleading video (L) and the plate on Anapromex website (R)

On its website, Anapromex lists the names of Mexican states where it operates: Baja California Sur is one of them, but not Guerrero, where Acapulco is located.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by BOOM staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Updated On: 2020-07-02T16:57:29+05:30
Claim :   Video shows fish washed up on a beach in Bali.
Claimed By :  Posts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
Fact Check :  False
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