There was a frenzy on Thursday after a Twitter post surfaced claiming to show pictures of "mutant daisies" near the site of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster.
The photos were posted by user @San_kaido in May and June, but just began to get attention this week.
In another post, the user said they believe the cause of the flowers' deformation is "likely to be radioactive." The user also shares other plants that seem to be deformed.
As soon as the photos began to go viral, many people began to proclaim that the daisies are clear evidence of radiation mutation in the area.
And they are "terrified."
Of course, someone had to make a "mutant daisy" Twitter account.
But is radiation really to blame for this phenomenon?
Well, that's not so clear.
The daisies' weird shape is likely due to a condition called "fasciation."
The condition can affect many different types of flowers and plants, according to the University of California.
There are several different reasons why a plant could develop the mutation.
So, is this case of fasciation a result of radiation poisoning? Maybe, but it is likely due to a myriad of other causes.
Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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