CLAIM: Video shows hundreds of dead salmon floating in an Alaska bay, killed by warmer temperatures.

THE FACTS: The dead salmon seen in the video resulted from a harvesting accident, and did not die due to warmer temperatures. A 15-second video of the fish was posted on Facebook on Aug. 10 with a caption suggesting that warmer than average weather in Alaska had caused the deaths. Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, which runs the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery, said 700-1,200 pink salmon were lost or suffocated in Tutka Bay when a net snagged and ripped during a commercial seining operation on July 28.

The video with the false caption, which received millions of views online, shows a yellow kayak passing hundreds of dead pink salmon floating in the water. The video with the false caption circulated amid news reports detailing suspected salmon deaths due to July's record high temperatures in Alaska.


Associated Press writers Beatrice Dupuy and Arijeta Lajka in New York, and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this report.

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