Monday 23 April 2018

'I thought it was seaweed'-Terrifying photo shows boy (10) surfing over great white shark

The 10-year-old didn't realise it was a shark Photo: Facebook (Chris Hasson)
The 10-year-old didn't realise it was a shark Photo: Facebook (Chris Hasson)
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A young surfer had a very close encounter with a great white shark - but he didn't even realise it until he got back to shore.

Eden Hassen (10) was riding a wave at a beach in New South Wales, Australia when he spotted a dark shape in the water.

However, he didn't realise that shape happened to be an 8ft great white.

His father Chris took photos from the shore and when he zoomed, he saw the head of the great white shark in the face of a wave, with his son surfing next to it.

"Check its mouth," Mr Hasson wrote shortly afterwards on Facebook. "It's rolled over having a good look at his yummy yellow new wetsuit."

Speaking to the Sydney Herald, the lucky surfer said: "When I took off I thought I saw something and when I went to do the first snap off the top I hit something and I thought it was seaweed."

"Then when [Dad] called me in I thought it must be a shark because there was a big school of fish."

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