A 10-year-old surfer has had a close encounter with a photobombing 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, 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.
Eden saw a dark shape in the sea and hit something which he thought was a big lump of seaweed.
But when Chris zoomed in on his pictures, he claims it reveals a three-metre long great white shark.
Now some Facebook observers have rubbished the claims, pointing out that the shark’s ‘head’ is actually just the nose of a surfboard and that the predators are unable to swim upside down.
One wrote: “Really strange behaviour for a shark. When rolled over they become paralysed. They would not be able to see from that angle either.”
The young suef nut was catching the last of the light while surfing at Samurai Beach in New South Wales, Australia, last week.
The snap came just days after a kitesurfer glided inches from a great white shark – powerless to escape due to light winds.