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Kelly Slater and a shark....Watch and you be the judge.


by Pete Thomas

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The world’s top-ranked surfers are in Western Australia participating in the Margaret River Pro.

Sharks a hot topic in the region because of a fairly recent spate of fatal attacks on surfers and swimmers, which led to a controversial government-sponsored ongoing shark cull.

 

So it’s understandable that when an odd-shaped object appeared in the face of a wave videotaped with a GoPro camera worn by Kelly Slater, some wondered whether the 11-time world champ had been photobombed by an apex predator.

We’ve attached the video and three screen grabs that basically prove only that something, or someone, was in the wave as Slater was getting barreled.

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Writes Surfer magazine: “While there may be a perfectly reasonable explanation for the blob that appears at 0:17, the prevalence, and controversy, of sharks in Western Australia spreads paranoia like wildfire, prompting many to believe this is a shark photobomb of Kelly Slater’s wave at The Box.

“At first, we thought the surfer at 0:06 explained the blob, but upon further examination, there are no limbs or contrasting black wetsuit to what could be a white surfboard. What do you think the mysterious object in the face of the wave is?”

Any shark experts care to respond?

–Pete Thomas