Fact Check: This Photo of Kissing Cliff Is NOT Real But Digitally Altered

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: This Photo of Kissing Cliff Is NOT Real But Digitally Altered Altered Photo

Is this a photo of two rock formations at Pacific Grove, California, that look like a couple about to kiss? No, neither is true: The photo has been digitally altered and these cliffs are not in Pacific Grove. An unedited photo of the cliffs can be found in a 2013 article about a trip to Thailand. There is a real location in Pacific Grove called the Kissing Rock View Point, but this Facebook post does not show that location.

The claim appears in a Facebook post (archived here) on April 13, 2022. It opens:

They are on the shoreline of Pacific Grove, California, and the most romantic spot in the United States

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Apr 22 16:34:50 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories did a reverse image search of this photo. The search resulted in similar photos but the original photo could not be found this way. With some more research, we found a Daily Mail article that had an unedited picture of the two cliffs in Thailand.

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Daily Mail screenshot taken on Fri Apr 22 16:54:27 2022 UTC)

The caption under the photo of the cliffs from the Daily Mail article notes they were featured in the 2000 movie, "The Beach."

There are two rocks in Pacific Grove, California that look like a couple in midkiss. The spot is called Kissing Rock View Point. According to Google, it's at 1111 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, California.

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Google screenshot taken on Fri Apr 22 17:23:56 2022 UTC)

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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