Surfer was oblivious to 11-foot great white feeding behind him!
Everyone has seen photos of video of great white sharks making incredible jumps while feeding these days. But one Australian surfer got quite the surprise when someone photographed a great white feeding behind him while he was surfing!
The photos were taken yesterday by photographer Nathan McLaren on Australia's eastern coast. As is often the case, McLaren was not expecting to get the shot of a lifetime. "I was just out on the beach taking a picture of a couple of the local guys out surfing and just had the perfect coincidence of capturing the lovely photo," McLaren told the Daily Mail.
The shark is estimated to be around 11 feet in length. McLaren and other witnesses on the scene quickly yelled to the surfer in the photos, 20-year-old Daniel Caban, to get out of the water. "As soon as we saw it a couple guys started running down and we were tooting the horn in the car and I started waving my shirt in the air," he said.
It took a few moments for the people on the beach to get the message across that there was something dangerous out in the water. "At first the surfers thought we'd let them know there's a big wave coming and they started paddling back out," McLaren said. "But then they saw we were getting pretty frantic, so they got the message and came in."
It was only then Caban and the other surfers got the chance to see what the group on the beach was yelling and making such a fuss about. Seeing the photo was as shocking as you'd expect. "When Daniel saw the photo his jaw pretty much hit the ground," McLaren said. "He had been in the water for about an hour and I'd say that shark was feeding around there the whole time."
McLaren and the others believe the great white was not looking to target people, but more likely feeding on fish stirred up by the surf.
"It goes to show the shark wasn't out there to kill him, but it was definitely feeding out there," McLaren said.
There have been a few deadly shark attacks recently in Australia. Fortunately no one was hurt here and McLaren now has the photo of a lifetime.