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Verification of fact: the viral video of the mysterious floating island found near Mumbai was a joke!

The stories of newly discovered islands always capture our imagination! A modified YouTube video states that a mysterious new island has suddenly popped off the coast of Mumbai. This video has aroused much interest in social media, as many have shared the belief that the story was true. India Fact Check found that this is a scene video shot by local fishermen just for fun!

This video of a quarter of fourteen seconds was uploaded on Youtube on December 27th of last year. The caption reads "#floatingisland Floating Island sighted near the coast of Mumbai". This is a video edited with graphics and background music.

Start with a long shot of a rock-like structure in the middle of green waters. Someone can be heard shouting "See how big the rock is!" in Hindi. English translations appear on the screen.

Shortly thereafter, a chart appears on the screen and states that "A mysterious island has been sighted off the coast of Mumbai". The video states that the fishermen of Mumbai have never seen this island and that they are terrified after finding the floating island

The video and the story have been shared by many web portals, blog sites, YouTube users and individual users.

On 2 January 2019 the eminent radio-telegraphist and actor Malishka published on Twitter the unpublished version of the same video.

The video presents a man dressed in a blue shirt. The man is asked to look around, apparently by the person who is filming the video. The person starts talking about the rock in the sea. He asks someone to try to reach the floating rock but responds by saying that it looks scary and that they should turn around. The video ends as it shows that these people are on a local fishing boat.

We talked to many fishermen in Mumbai and showed them the video. Some of them recognized the fishermen in the video and said they come from the island of Madh, in the north of Mumbai.

One of Madh's fishermen told us that the video was made by some people in the village and they were amazed at how it became viral. The rocky structure surrounded by water can be clearly seen when you take a boat from the island of Madh.

The fishermen have confirmed that this was not a rocky structure unknown in the sea. All the fishermen who venture into the sea take their boats around the hill and can see the fishing nets tied around the hill.

The fishermen have confirmed to the correspondent India Today that this video was made by some of their fellow villagers

"There is nothing new, not just me, but the hill also existed during the time of my grandfather and my ancestors," said one villager.

According to these fishermen, the hill is revered by the community and is called "Kasa dongar". In Marathi, a hill is called dongar.

Santosh Koli, president of Madh Daryadi Machimar Sahkari Society, a local fishing association confessed that this video was shot by some young people in the community. According to him, they made this video just for fun and people should not take it seriously.

"A few days ago they would catch the fish when they decided to make this video.They take part in some theatrical performances during Holi and they are using their skills while making this video.This video should not be taken seriously as it is only a joke" reassured Koli.

"Mumbai Tak" the digital news platform of the India Today group has already denied this statement.

History can be seen here.

RequestA mysterious floating island recently spotted off the coast of Mumbai by local fishermen. They are afraid as they have never seen this island before.ConclusionThe staged video of the rock-like structure was shot by local fishermen just for fun. This stone structure has always been known.

JHOOTH BOLE KAUVA KAATE

The number of ravens determines the intensity of the lie.

  • 1 crow: true medium
  • 2 crows: mainly lies
  • 3 crows: absolutely false

RequestA mysterious floating island recently spotted off the coast of Mumbai by local fishermen. They are afraid as they have never seen this island before.ConclusionThe staged video of the rock-like structure was shot by local fishermen just for fun. This stone structure has always been known.

JHOOTH BOLE KAUVA KAATE

The number of ravens determines the intensity of the lie.

  • 1 crow: true medium
  • 2 crows: mainly lies
  • 3 crows: absolutely false
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