A great white shark bombed a surfer’s photo



CNN

An expert photographer captured an unexpected last-minute entry in a surfing competition: a great white shark, incredibly close to a surfer.

Jordan Anast, a photographer from California, was photographing the San Onofre Surf Club Competition when he captured the shocking image of the shark, which appeared to be just feet away from surfer Tyler Warren in the foreground.

Anast took the remarkable photo on October 22, around 11 am, he told CNN. At first, he didn’t realize exactly what he had caught. He shot the dolphin before it “surfed the water” and from a distance, the animal looked like it could be another dolphin, he said.

“I didn’t know until I looked closely and saw the structures of the fins,” he explained. Then he “realized it was a great white shark.”

But the discovery didn’t worry him, he said. “They’re always out there, everywhere in California,” he said.

He took a total of six images of the great white shark breach, he said. He attributed the once-in-a-lifetime shot to a combination of luck and his 400-millimeter telephoto lens, which he usually uses to capture sporting events from afar.

The photo’s online popularity has been “crazy,” he said. “Today was the craziest day ever. It doesn’t stop going. [The photo] he has his own legs now.’

Great white sharks are found off American coasts, although the exact population in US waters is unknown, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sharks can reach 21 feet as adults and weigh more than 4,000 pounds.

Sharks are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and are internationally protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.