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Great white shark Manhattan Beach: 12 y/o 'photobombed' by great white

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A great white shark in Manhattan Beach waters "photobombed" a 12-year-old who was surfing in the Cali waters. On Dec. 29, Mail Online reported that the boy's mother was taking pictures of her son who was having a grand 'ole time in the water with a friend. However, a mother's joy turned to sheer panic in a matter of milliseconds when she saw a shark swimming right behind her young boy.

"It was quite a shock to see. Many local surfers and lifeguards have seen this and believe it to be a shark. Of course, I told my kids it was a dolphin, as we live at the beach and are in the waters here almost daily," the mother (who didn't want to be identified) said.

A great white shark at Manhattan Beach isn't an unusual as one might think. According to the report, people have been seeing more and more great whites in the area. In fact, a local man named Jay Dohner recently headed out on a paddle board to see if he could find any sharks -- and he saw three within five minutes of being out in the water. While you might think that these shark sightings would scare off swimmers, you'd be incorrect.

Local authorities have said that the sharks aren't a threat to humans -- and that could be because they are well fed. However, if you know something about anything, you probably know that swimming with great whites sans a cage isn't a chance most people would want to take.

Check out the great white shark in Manhattan Beach here.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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