Giant Shark Spotted in Background of Pic of Kids Playing in Ocean (PHOTO)

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mom sharkIn addition to selfies and hashtags, one of the strange things our culture has become obsessed with is photobombs. We think photobombs are hilarious -- particularly when they're done by a baby, celebrity, or animal. But when said animal is a giant great white shark, and the intended photo subjects are children, it crosses over from funny to downright terrifying.

A mom in Manhattan Beach, California was taking a photo of her 12-year-old son and his friend surfing in the ocean, when a shark appeared in the break of the wave behind them. She snapped a photo of the kids playing on their boards, and you can see what very much looks like a shark in the background of the picture -- very close to them. Pretty frightening.

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But what's a little unusual about this situation, aside from the fact that, you know, there's a shark near small children, is that the mom told her kids it was just a dolphin. She said, "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."

Huh? Clearly, this mother doesn't want anything to happen to her kids, and you can't stay out of the ocean forever, but wouldn't you want your children to know there are sharks in the water they often play in so they can be more aware of their surroundings? And what if they saw the "dolphin" coming near them and tried to pet it? I don't claim to have this parenting thing totally figured out, but that seems like an odd route to take.

Thankfully, everyone is okay, and hopefully nothing will ever happen to her children while they're surfing in the Pacific. But it might not be a bad idea to give them a heads up that there's a chance they could get eaten while catching some waves. I dunno, just a suggestion.

What would you tell your kids if you spotted a shark in the water they always swam in?

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the4m... the4mutts

Not all sharks are dangerous to humans, ya know?

Maybe she didnt want her kid growing up with the insane fear of all things slimy, hairy, and toothy that you seem to have. Shark does not = man eater. They very well may have nothing to fear, and she didnt want him to be a paranoid chicken shit.

nonmember avatar Emmie

My oldest kid would never go in the water again if I told him it was a shark. Odds are not high to be attacked by a shark, so yes, I would have told him it was a dolphin.

nonmember avatar BP

It is a dolphin. Horizontal, not vertical tail.

wendy... wendywendy

I'd tell mine it was a dolphin too.I don't want her forever afraid of the water.  But I'd tell her to get out for the time being.

sunny... sunnybunny5us

Really? I remember one time when I was a kid and we were at the beach and forced to get out of the water because of a shark sighting.  This was long before "Jaws" came out BTW (late 60's probably - I was little at the time). It didn't make me not want to swim at the beach ,but it did make me aware that  -well, something could eat me and I needed to be careful. Snakes are a peril in the water in fresh water that you need to be on the lookout for, and alligators also attack humans (especially children) if you don't watch out. These are very real dangers and if your kids swim in natural waters they need to be aware of them. 

nonmember avatar avargas

Over reacting much? Chances are every single time you or your kids step foot in the ocean there is a shark less than 100ft away from you. Most people dont even notice. The only reason she did notice is the photo. And theres no way to tell that this is a "giant great white shark". For all anyone knows it could be a tiger, bull, etc. although id feel safer around a great white then around the bull shark as bull sharks tend to be more aggresive. Point is there is always a risk. No point in blowing it out of proportion

Colle... ColleenF30

Wait...these kids go to the beach all the time and actually believed it was a dolphin??

Bruic... Bruickson

Well you people are a lot braver than I am! I'd shit myself if I saw a shark that close. Then again I live on the ms gulf coast so the bacteria is probably scarier than the sharks.

nonmember avatar Stacey

Would a great white shark be in water that shallow?

Blues... Blueshark77

Yes, Stacey, sharks will go into very shallow water. 

There are always sharks around when you're in the ocean, you just don't see them. Yes, there are rare attacks which are terrifying, but really not that common. You let your kids ride in cars, don't you? There is a much greater chance of injury or death from a car accident than a shark attack. My user name should indicate I'm quite a shark fan, and like to look for them when I go diving. I've yet to see a great white while diving in CA.

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