PICS: Great White shark photobombs 10-year-old Aussie surfer


Australia — We want to say, 'Only in Australia'... but do you remember when a Mossel Bay shark made headlines around the world back in 2015? 

WATCH: Hilarious Mossel Bay shark photobomb makes waves around the world

Although we were pretty stoked about the incredible footage captured on camera back then, we were happy not be IN the water with the toothy apex predator... 

Recently, however, a 10-year-old surfer had an even closer encounter with a photo-bombing shark that shared a wave with him off an Australian beach.

Chris Hasson, the father of the surfer and man-behind-the-camera says he was taking photos of his son Eden riding a wave off Samurai Beach at Port Stephens, 180 kilometers north of Sydney, a couple of days before when something unexpected and indistinct caught his eye.

He discovered he had photographed the face of a twisting shark just below the surface with his son on an apparent collision course. Hasson says shark experts have since told him it was a juvenile great white about 2.5 meters long.

James Cook University shark researcher Andrew Chin says the photographed shark is possibly a small great white. Eden was not injured, and walked away with a life-long once-in-a-lifetime story to tell his children.



Photo: Chris Hasson


Photo: Chris Hasson


Why do sharks do that!? 

If you have forgotten the 2015 Mossel Bay shark photobomb, here's a little something to refresh your memory... 



Are you also baffled as to why this shark jumped clean out of the water? See the explanation below to learn more about why sharks breach, bump and jump around.  




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