Fact Check

Rainbow Wave

Published Jul 21, 2015

    FACT CHECK:   Does a photograph show an "unbelievable rainbow wave in Hawaii"?

    Claim:   A photograph shows an "unbelievable rainbow wave in Hawaii."


    Example:     [Collected via Twitter, July 2015]

    Origins:    A photograph purportedly showing a body boarder inside of a "Rainbow wave" off the coast of Hawaii has been circulating online since 2011. Although the underlying image is real, the pictures was not taken in Hawaii, and the "rainbow" coloration has been enhanced through digital editing.

    The original photograph was taken in May 2011 by Alex Marks of the Surf Photography company Blue Snapper:

    According to Marks' Red Bubble page, the photograph (called "last light") shows John Slupik bodyboarding at Sydney's Northern Beaches:

    John Slupik gets inside a ‘last light’ barrel on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Canon 5DII — 15mm 2.8 fisheye — Aquatech water housing.

    Last updated:      21 July 2015

    Originally published:    21 July 2015

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.