Footage of a pro surfer in Western Australia appeared to show that he had a close call with a great white shark while riding the wave.
The video recorded on a GoPro device while Kelly Slater, an 11-time world champion, was surfing the Margaret River region shows a shadow swim past him around 17 seconds in.
Even though many have said Slater was “sharkbombed,” not everyone was convinced. Some skeptics argue that it was just a harmless fish instead of a shark, while others believe it was Slater’s reflection.
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“There was a actually a pod of dolphins in the area at the time, and Kelly actually got off the board and has essentially taken an underwater selfie with these dolphins,” Steve Robertson with the Association of Surfing Professionals told the Sydney Morning Herald, noting that other unreleased footage shows the dolphins. “There’s no doubt about it, it’s not a shark, it’s not a ray or another surfer, it’s actually a dolphin in the footage.”
Surfing WA chief executive Mark Lane told the Western Australian that he was “100 percent” sure that the shadow is the reflection of another surfer.
“They would have probably been looking and watching, guys go through the tube and it’s quite common you’ll see a shadow in the wave,” he said. “[Slater] has continued to surf for another hour or so, if there had been a shark they would have been straight out of the water.”
Is it a shark or Slater’s own shadow? Watch the video below and decide for yourself: