Shark photobomb?


Sal
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Can there be such thing as a shark photobomb?


That’s what many are calling an eerie and eye-catching photo inadvertently snapped by a California mother that appears to show a large shark, or maybe a dolphin, swimming near her two children.


"It was quite a shock to see” the photo, June Emerson told KTLA about her photo, which captured the outline of a large fish swimming underneath a breaking wave close to the shore on Manhattan Beach.


“Many local surfers and lifeguards have seen this and believe it to be a shark,” Emerson said. “Of course, I told my kids it was dolphin, as we live at the beach and are in the waters here almost daily.”
Emerson said her 12-year-old twins were also unaware of the fish swimming so close to them as they played in the waters off the popular beach on Friday.


Emerson posted the picture to her Facebook page and said she has received thousands of comments from people, nearly all of whom are convinced that the creature in the image is a shark, possibly even a great white, which are relatively common to the area.
Still, other observers say it's impossible to tell without a more detailed image. For example, the shape of the fins and tail could in fact belong to those of a dolphin. Nonetheless, shark sightings in the area have become more frequent in recent years. So, it's well within the realm of possibility that Emerson captured a large shark close to the shore.


Back in November, paddleboarders captured video of a great white in the same area. That video was taken just 50 yards from the shore. And while most people would be terrified by the thought of sharing personal space with what is arguably the Earth’s deadliest predator, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife actually issued a warning for people to leave the sharks alone – for the protection of the sharks.


For her part, Emerson said she’s more than happy to just go on pretending that it was nothing more than a friendly dolphin passing by during an otherwise pristine day.
“Another beautiful day at the beach,” Emerson wrote on her Facebook page. “Big waves and apparently Big Fish! (Look into wave to right of Quinn Emerson, who’s out catching a few!) – Manhattan Beach, California.”



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I don't agree with telling the kids it was a dolphin... that is messed in more ways than one.
 
SLM
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Scary stuff. Not sure I'd be having my kids on paddle boards with a reported Great White around anyway.
 
bill barilko
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Phony as a $3 bill.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

Phony as a $3 bill.

hello cheery, how's your day going?

Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post


Scary stuff. Not sure I'd be having my kids on paddle boards with a reported Great White around anyway.

well telling them it was a dolphin, wtf...is that so that the next time they will swim up to it...
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

Phony as a $3 bill.

Post bomb.

And I do mean bomb in every sense of the word.

Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

hello cheery, how's your day going?

Probably crawled back under the bitter rock by now.

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well telling them it was a dolphin, wtf...is that so that the next time they will swim up to it...

Yeah, I'd be telling them the truth. Not to frighten but if there is dangerous wildlife around where you live, I'd think you'd want to raise your kids to be aware, alert and use caution.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Yeah, I'd be telling them the truth. Not to frighten but if there is dangerous wildlife around where you live, I'd think you'd want to raise your kids to be aware, alert and use caution.

Well I would want to frighten them enough for them to be cautious of the realities of the ocean and what could happen... sharks don't always attack but why leave the kids in ignorance...I am surprised there has not yet been backlash about it.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

Well I would want to frighten them enough for them to be cautious of the realities of the ocean and what could happen... sharks don't always attack but why leave the kids in ignorance...I am surprised there has not yet been backlash about it.

No, I don't think they should be frightened. Bad things come from that, lol. But it's not different than someone who lives in bear country, or in a desert area with rattlesnakes. If the child is too young to use caution on their own, then it requires more hands on supervision.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

No, I don't think they should be frightened. Bad things come from that, lol. But it's not different than someone who lives in bear country, or in a desert area with rattlesnakes. If the child is too young to use caution on their own, then it requires more hands on supervision.

yeah, and they can't figure out yet why they keep coming in close to shore like that, it's a new and weird phenomenon with great whites, they are studying it but have no answers. Apparently they don't really go for humans but have begun to within the last 20 years or so.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

yeah, and they can't figure out yet why they keep coming in close to shore like that, it's a new and weird phenomenon with great whites, they are studying it but have no answers. Apparently they don't really go for humans but have begun to within the last 20 years or so.

Seals. The Great Whites come close to shore for the seals, which I'll bet money are fairly nearby.

Shark Week, ya learn lots. Lol.
 
Ron in Regina
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Not sure what's in the wave in the pic above, & I'm just a Prairie person,
but I'd say...."If that's a shark, it's swimming on it's side?" or something
along those lines....if they even do that. Look at the tail. Maybe someone
who has done more than vacationed near the ocean a few times can
comment on this.

 
bill barilko
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Quite unlike the housebound internet jockeys here I'm an open ocean swimmer and sport fisherman with decades of maritime experience-I know bull when I see it.

Of course it titillates people to see phony pics like these-properly called photo illustrations and they pass them from hand to hand accompanied by cyber giggles & shivers.

Here's another famous fake for your simple-minded perusal.

 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

Not sure what's in the wave in the pic above, & I'm just a Prairie person,
but I'd say...."If that's a shark, it's swimming on it's side?" or something
along those lines....if they even do that. Look at the tail. Maybe someone
who has done more than vacationed near the ocean a few times can
comment on this.

Some comments on the original news article have suggested it could well be a dolphin. It's an odd angle, what with that curved wave in front of it. That would distort the image somewhat don't you think?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

Quite unlike the housebound internet jockeys here I'm an open ocean swimmer and sport fisherman with decades of maritime experience-I know bull when I see it.

Of course it titillates people to see phony pics like these-properly called photo illustrations and they pass them from hand to hand accompanied by cyber giggles & shivers.

Here's another famous fake for your simple-minded perusal.

SO you saw a fish in a supermarket once and now you are the resident expert.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Seals. The Great Whites come close to shore for the seals, which I'll bet money are fairly nearby.

Shark Week, ya learn lots. Lol.

maybe but I don't know if seals are in the areas they are concerned about though as anomalies... that's where I am getting my info from too...shark week...lol too funny...

Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

Quite unlike the housebound internet jockeys here I'm an open ocean swimmer and sport fisherman with decades of maritime experience-I know bull when I see it.

Of course it titillates people to see phony pics like these-properly called photo illustrations and they pass them from hand to hand accompanied by cyber giggles & shivers.

Here's another famous fake for your simple-minded perusal.

Bill honey, if you read the article it clearly states they are not 100% certain of what the thing in the picture is...since you are, maybe the experts could just call you for advice...thanks though for placing us shut-ins in the right canoe. We appreciate your knowledge and happy approach when you share.
 
BaalsTears
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Assuming the photograph is real there are a couple things that are obvious. The creature is not a White Shark. The length to girth ratio is off. And the creature isn't a dolphin. The tail is wrong for a marine mammal.
 
Ron in Regina
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Quote: Originally Posted by BaalsTearsView Post

Assuming the photograph is real there are a couple things that are obvious. The creature is not a White Shark. The length to girth ratio is off. And the creature isn't a dolphin. The tail is wrong for a marine mammal.

Could it be the anorexic supermodel version of a Great White Shark....
perhaps one from the suburbs try'n to grab some street-cred by wearing
it's tail sideways....but failing miserably?
 
bill barilko
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in ReginaView Post

Could it be the anorexic supermodel version of a Great White Shark....
perhaps one from the suburbs try'n to grab some street-cred by wearing
it's tail sideways....but failing miserably?

"it titillates people to see phony pics like these-properly called photo illustrations-and they pass them from hand to hand accompanied by cyber giggles & shivers."

ibid.
 
petros
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Dog shark/fish
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

"it titillates people to see phony pics like these-properly called photo illustrations-and they pass them from hand to hand accompanied by cyber giggles & shivers."

ibid.

Bill this is just for you.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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If you can get past the annoying music this is an interesting video.

Surfer Attacked by Two Sharks - YouTube

 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

Bill this is just for you.

Sharks photobombing selfies will be the new thing in 2014, I'm calling it now!
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

If you can get past the annoying music this is an interesting video.

Surfer Attacked by Two Sharks - YouTube

there is a mute button next to the reload button.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Sharks photobombing selfies will be the new thing in 2014, I'm calling it now!

wow, that's like merging two threads eh... 'predicting shark behaviour for the new year' it's and edgy thing to do, takes courage, good on you!
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

wow, that's like merging two threads eh... 'predicting shark behaviour for the new year' it's and edgy thing to do, takes courage, good on you!

And I haven't even started drinking yet. The best may be still to come, lol.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

And I haven't even started drinking yet. The best may be still to come, lol.

oh wow, the anticipation, can hardly wait
 
Christianna
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I grew up very near Manhattan Beach, spent a lot of time at the beach too (even though I couldn't swim then) and I must say I never saw or heard of a big shark there.
 

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