Can you imagine standing on the beach, watching your child surf, and seeing this?
Chris Hasson was standing on the beach, filming his son Eden as he had the time of his life surfing off of an Australian beach. 110 miles north of Sydney, Australia, Samurai Beach at Port Stephens is a hot spot for surfers, and other marine life, as we have come to find out.
Chris snapped a couple of photos, and upon analysis realized what was sharing the wave with Eden.
“I saw the second photo and (thought) — no way,” Hasson told the AP. “I quickly called him in and whistled.”
“He (Eden) saw a shape in the wave and thought it was seaweed and felt something as he went over the top — he got his leg rope caught on something — but he thought nothing of it until he saw the photo,” Hasson said.
A shark researcher from James Cook University named Andrew Chin said that the shark was likely a small great white.
“From the angle, it looks like the shark was spooked and is rolling away from the board to escape it,” Chin said. “There is no way that this is a hunting approach.”
“If I was on the wave and saw it, I probably would’ve freaked out and fell off,” Eden told Nine Network television on Thursday. “I was lucky I didn’t fall off.”
Port Stephens has seen an increase in shark attacks recently. In fact, a Japanese tourist was killed by a great white in 2015.
Even with the terrifying photos making their way across the internet, Hasson says that his family will not change a bit.
“Everyone’s back to business. It’s too good a lifestyle sport not to,” Hasson said.
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IMAGE CREDIT: CHRIS HASSON VIA AP