UPDATE: Fact-checkers reveal elephant seal was NOT running the streets of Florida during Hurricane Ian


AP News fact-checkers have revealed that a video showing a seal reportedly running the streets of Florida following Hurricane Ian is NOT from the US or from this year.

UPDATE: 2.32 pm (October 1) – Videos appeared on social media on Thursday, September 29 showing an elephant seal reportedly in Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian.

However, according to fact-checkers, the video was actually captured in Chile back in 2020.

According to AP News fact-checkers, the video was captured in Puerto Cisnes, Chile in October 2020 by local radio host Manuel Novoa.

He told the AP: “The video of the elephant seal belongs to me and was recorded in Puerto Cisnes, Chile when an elephant seal came out of the sea and entered the city and travelled through several streets.”

This is not the first time a video has either been mislabeled or deliberately edited.

Back in August, an edited video purporting to show that Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, is unvaccinated sparked and perpetuated anti-vax sentiment online despite the original version- showing Tedros clearly stating he is vaccinated- being available online.

ORIGINAL 12.58 pm (September 29) – Videos circulating on social media on Thursday, September 29 reveal the chaos caused by Hurricane Ian, with reporters using condoms to keep their mics dry to a seal running along the streets of Florida.

“Seal on the street, a normal day in Florida,” one person noted, as the video got shared hundreds of times on Twitter.

The original video was posted by the Twitter account @IndeedsTopOpps and has amassed over 26k retweets and 186k likes.

“son wtf goin on in Florida???” the caption read.

One person commented: “Think we need to take climate change seriously before it’s to late ppl.”

While another joked: “Me, going for my first run in a few months.”

The viral video of the seal comes after a Florida reporter defended putting a condom on her microphone during a Hurricane Ian broadcast.

“A lot of people are asking what is on the microphone,” the reporter said.

“It is what you think it is.”

She adds: “It’s a condom!

“It protects the gear, we can’t get these mics wet.

“There’s a lot of wind, a lot of rain.

“We’ve got to do, what we’ve got to do!”

Holding the mic close to the camera, she adds: “And that is, put a condom on the microphone.”

As reported on Wednesday, September 28, Hurricane Ian was on the brink of becoming a monster Category 5 storm.

Hurricane Ian battered parts of western Florida and was being tipped to become a monster Category 5 storm.

It had already been upgraded from category 3 to 4 and looked like it could turn into one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the United States.

Another viral video which has been making the rounds on social media was old footage of US President Joe Biden declaring “a vital part of preparing for hurricane season is to get vaccinated now”.

The footage, which shows Biden speaking to reporters in August 2021, has gone viral again.

He said: “Let me be clear if you’re in a state where hurricanes often strike, like Florida, the Gulf Coast, or into Texas, a vital part of preparing for hurricane season is to get vaccinated now.

“Everything is more complicated if you’re not vaccinated when a natural disaster hits.”

Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Matthew Roscoe

Originally from the UK, Matthew is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at

Recent Posts

  • World News

Wagner PMC boss Yevgeny Prigozhin suggests US should recognise themselves as terrorists

The US should recognise themselves as terrorists suggested Wagner PMC boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in response…

28 mins ago
  • Spain

Spain’s health care system is in a precarious condition warns the WHO’s adviser in Europe

Tomas Zapata, the WHO's adviser in Europe has warned that Spain's health care system is…

1 hour ago
  • Football

Ex-Juventus president and Tottenham Director of Football allegedly facing arrest

It is alleged that warrants are being prepared by Italian prosecutors for the former Juventus…

2 hours ago
  • Spain

First documented case of a migrant entering Melilla from Morocco by paraglider

The first documented instance of a migrant accessing Melilla from Morocco using a paraglider has…

2 hours ago
  • USA

Russia to be held accountable for ‘atrocities’ in Ukraine pledge Biden and Macron

Presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron have pledged to hold Russia accountable for 'atrocities' commited…

3 hours ago
  • Celebrity News

BREAKING: Suspect arrested and charged after Hollywood actor’s body found dumped in street

The body of Hollywood actor Frank Vallelonga Jr was found dumped on a street in…

4 hours ago