Australian native Chris Hasson and his three children have been spending their last days of summer vacation surfing on the beach.
While in the water earlier this week, Hasson was watching his 10-year-old son, Eden, catch some waves off of Samurai Beach at Port Stephens, 110 miles off the coast of Sydney, when he decided to snap a few photos.
As the AP reports, that’s when something “unexpected and indistinct” caught Hasson’s eye.
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After taking a closer look at the images he had just taken, Hasson thought “no way,” and whistled for his son to come back in to shore.
Shark experts reportedly told Hasson that the creature believed to be caught on camera was a “juvenile great white about 8 feet long.”
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James Cook University shark researcher Andrew Chin says the shark looks like it was “spooked”:
“From the angle, it looks like the shark was spooked and is rolling away from the board to escape it. There is no way that this is a hunting approach.”
Hasson told the Associated Press that Eden had no idea he had surfed over a great white shark:
“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.”
However, the 10-year-old admitted to Nine Network later that if he would have noticed the shark while surfing, he would have been spooked, too:
“If I was on the wave and saw it, I probably would’ve freaked out and fell off. I was lucky I didn’t fall off.”
As WREG reports, Port Stephens has seen an increase in the presence of great white sharks over the last two years, but that won’t stop the Hassons from spending what summer vacation they have left surfing.
In fact, Hasson says he and his family were out surfing in the same spot the very next day.