A shark photobomb? Californians know that great white sharks are not uncommon near Manhattan Beach but one mom wants to know if her shark photobomb does indeed show a great white. "It's surprising that no one has been able to tell definitively what it is," the mom told the Daily News according to a Dec. 29, 2013, report. "It was just an insane photo. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time."
On Friday, June Emerson was at Manhattan Beach with her 12-year-old son Quinn and his friend, and while the two boys were surfing, she took pictures with her digital camera.
On their way home, while perusing through the photos, one of the pictures didn’t just show the two boys with their surfboards in front of a breaking wave – but it also showed a rather sizable animal lurking in the breaking wave right behind them.
“It was quite a shock to see” the photo, said June Emerson and unsure whether this was a shark photobomb, the mom posted the picture on Facebook and Instagram. Before she knew it, some news outlets skipped the question mark in “shark photobomb?” and represented the photo as a shark photobomb.
"I'm overwhelmed to be honest," the mom is saying. Many local surfers and lifeguards have seen this and believe it to be a shark.”
Just a few weeks ago, after hearing about several great white sharks off Manhattan Beach, surfer Jay Dohner “grabbed a camera, mounted his paddleboard and set off in search of the apex predators,” reported the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 3. While on his paddleboard, Jay Dohner recorded three great white sharks, “each between 8 and 10 feet long — circling underneath his paddleboard and just a few yards from a group of oblivious surfers.”
"The sharks didn't seem to be paying me any attention. They looked like they were looking for fish, so I felt I could stand there safely and watch them," said 38-year-old Jay Dohner. But after five minutes, the feeling of being safe near the great whites changed. "There are two different things in your head," he said. "'Wow, that's beautiful,' and 'We should get out of here.'"
In regard to her own shark photobomb picture taken at Manhattan Beach, June Emerson still doesn’t know if her son and his friend had a close encounter with a great white shark. What do you think? Was it a shark photobomb?