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Jesse Watters Apologizes Profusely After Falling For Fake Harvey Shark Photo

Fox News anchor Jesse Watters took to Twitter on Tuesday to issue what is perhaps his most heartfelt apology/clarification yet — in a string of many — after he made reference on The Five to a fake photo circulating online that showed a shark swimming on a flooded highway in Texas during storm Harvey.

“I sincerely apologize if I caused concern or alarm to anyone,” Watters tweeted of his mention of the hoax:

Though retweeted tens of thousands of times, many pointed out on Monday that the shark picture was photoshopped, and urged everyone to calm down — indeed, the photoshopped shark always seems to recirculate in a different incarnation when there is a water-based natural disaster.

Nonetheless, on Monday night’s episode of The Five, Watters warned of the “biblical things” he was seeing in coverage of the devastating storm that has rocked Texas’ east coast, displacing thousands and destroying entire communities.

“I’ve seen some amazing things out there just looking at television,” Watters said. “Alligators on people’s back door steps. I saw a shark on a highway swimming in the water.”

Alarmed co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle noted the scenario was akin to “Sharknado,” and Watters concurred.

“Like Sharknado,” he said.

Watch the segment above, via Fox News.

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