Friday, September 2, 2011

Surfing with a shark: Does this photo show a great white with surfers?

Follow Outdoors 720 on Facebook 

Is it a shark or a surfer? Examine the evidence and you decide:

1.) A lifeguard who saw the photo said it looked like a surfer paddling through a wave, as when surfers duck under waves.

2.) The photographer, Gary Elliott, said it doesn't look like a surfer and that it isn't the silhouette of a surfboard. He called it a sea creature in the below video with KFMB-TV in San Diego, though it's apparent he believes it to be a shark, a great white according to the news report.

3.) A shark expert in the news report said it looks like the tail end of an animal 10-12-feet long heading out to the sea, though off-camera he apparently called it a great white shark.

4.) In the previous week, there had been reports of shark sightings along a two-mile stretch of the San Diego coastline. In fact, there were reports Thursday morning of a 12-inch fin being sighted within 200 yards off shore in the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area, though it wasn't confirmed.

So, what do you think? Is this photo taken at Swamis Beach in Encinitas, Calif., a surfer? Or a great white shark?

Here's a link to the news report from CBS 8 in San Diego.

Elliott captured the image on Wednesday at Swamis Beach. It wasn't until he returned home and studied the photo that he discovered the surfing shark. Or the surfer with strange feet.

UPDATE: One expert suggests it might have been a bottlenose dolphin surfing sideways. Check this story out at GrindTV Outdoor.

UDPATE II: Another post that disputes the authenticity of the great white shark in this photo comes from This one comes with its own Photoshopping. Great stuff!

Follow Outdoors720 on Twitter at @outdoors720
Subscribe to Outdoors 720 by email

Other interesting posts on Outdoors 720:
Shark goes after tarpon and fisherman catches it on film
World-record great white shark caught and released by 'Shark Men'
Video: Shark goes after fisherman's catch right out of his hand
 submit to reddit


  1. hey,
    I surfed there at the exact time and date the pic was taken. Good south swell was coming up quickly!! Someone on the beach said something about ...."away from the ocean...." that I didn't understand before I paddled out. I heard some stories about a big fish being there in the lineup after surfing. Me personally I did not see anything special as long as I was surfing.... but that needn't mean anything. Anyway, the shark test was positiv: Stick your finger in the water, if it tastes salty sharks are around :-) true, eh...!!

  2. Dear, I like all your post very much, it tells me so many thins that I do not touch before, hope you can do this job all the time. By the way, I want to introduce a useful Free Photo Recovery Software, which is a fantasy.

  3. The reports regarding the arise paddle boards would lead the potential buyers to pick the right paddle additionally, the board on line. visit the website

  4. Hi! Thanks for the great information you have provided! Pakistan eid gift delivery

  5. For what reason do you surf? Regardless of whether for the sake of entertainment, to associate with nature, or to unwind, I'm certain we as a whole have truly comparative reasons spinning around a nice sentiment, positive vitality. Surfing

  6. tand-up paddle boards help you enjoy a day out on the water. It also happens to be an excellent workout with which few gym routines can . Sup paddle board reviews

  7. Its a great pleasure reading your post.Its full of information I am looking for and I love to post a comment that "The content of your post is awesome" Great work. voyance audiotel

  8. Bodyboard is an inferred term of board. As nouns the difference among bodyboard and board is that bodyboard is a piece of froth, commonly square in shape as a mess around, whereupon one sits or lays whilst bodyboarding at the same time as board is a generally long, huge and slim little bit of sawn wooden or similar material, normally proposed for use in improvement Skimboard Shop - Reviews, Photos

  9. Read more reviews of Neuromancer at ... -@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen  Board type | Compare Surfboards


Thanks for visiting Outdoors 720!!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.