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A shark photobomb, taken by a family in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Friday captured something that at first glance, mom June Emerson didn’t see – swimming just a few feet from her surfing son and pal is what appears to be a six foot shark, reports the Slideshow via Yahoo! News on Sunday.

Emerson snapped several photos of her 12-year-old son Quinn surfing with his friend. But it wasn't until she was reviewing the photos on her journey home that she saw the outline of something menacing in the wave, just to the right of the boys.

“I’m not sure what it was,” Emerson told CBS Los Angeles. “But it definitely scared me when I thought it might be a shark.”

Emerson conceded that she thinks it was a shark, but not wanting to alarm her son, told him it was a dolphin.

“Many local surfers and lifeguards have seen this and believe it to be a shark,” Emerson told KTLA. “Of course, I told my kids it was dolphin, as we live at the beach and are in the waters here almost daily.”

On Emerson’s Facebook page, she added the photo with the caption: “Another beautiful day at the beach. Big waves and apparently Big Fish!”

While dolphins are more frequently spotted at Manhattan Beach, Great Whites have also been known to swim close to shore.

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