A California mom thought the photo she snapped of her son and his friend sitting on surfboards with a breaking wave at their backs was a normal amount of cool — until she noticed the two boys were being photobombed by a shark.
The photo was taken last Friday at Manhattan Beach, where Emerson and her son Quinn often hang out. Not wanting to scare the boy into buying a bigger surfboard, Emerson told a little (great?) white lie.
"I told my kids it was dolphin," she said, "as we live at the beach and are in the waters here almost daily."
According to a recent LA Times article, great white shark sightings near Manhattan Beach are on the rise, which is actually a good thing, and a sign that the ban on gill nets put in place in 1990 is leading to a "healthy rebound for marine life."