NBCNewYork A 10-year-old surfer has had a close encounter with a photo-bombing shark that shared a wave with him off an Australian beach. Chris Hasson said Thursday that he was taking photos of his son Eden riding a wave off Samurai Beach at Port Stephens, 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of Sydney, on Tuesday when something unexpected and indistinct caught his eye. He discovered he had photographed the face of a twisting shark just below the surface with his son on an apparent collision course. Hasson said shark experts had since told him it was a juvenile great white about 2.5 meters (8 feet) long. “I saw the second photo and (thought) — no way,” Hasson told The AP. “I quickly called him in and whistled.” “He (Eden) saw a shape in the wave and thought it was seaweed and felt something as he went over the top — he got his leg rope caught on something — but he thought nothing of it until he saw the photo,” Hasson said. James Cook University shark researcher Andrew Chin said the photographed shark was possibly a small great white.
This picture has been going viral, a child was surfing off the coast of Australia and his parents were taking pictures, when they noticed something strange beneath the surface of the water in one of the photos. A great white shark. Scariest. Photobomb. Ever. This juvenile great white shark, which is estimated by shark experts to be eight-feet-long, likely sensed the surfboard in the water and went on for a closer look to see if the item was edible. After determining that the surfboard was not a prey item, the shark rolled away, which is the moment that was captured on camera. This young surfer is lucky, although this great white shark is just a baby, if it decided that the surfboard was edible the surfer would have been in trouble. Small sharks still have teeth, their bites can still result in serious injuries, or even death.
This was not quite an animal attack but it was close: