Great White Shark in Queens, N.Y. — Real or Fake?

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If this encounter were any closer, a surfer would've been a shark snack. According to The Daily Mail UK, a man surfing off Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., had no idea a shark was underneath his dangling feet until he saw a photo on his Go-Pro camera.
Naturally, the incredible photo showing the shape of a shark lurking beneath him was immediately posted on Reddit. However, users questioned its legitimacy.

Shark expert Andrew Nosal confirmed that the picture did in fact show a great white shark and that there is a great possibility a shark could have been in that region

"Unfortunately there is no way to tell how far away the shark is from the boarder and therefore no scale with which to accurately judge the size of the shark," said Nosal. He also estimates that the shark does appear to be mature and at least 10 feet in length.

Many users who saw the photo on Reddit believe that Rockaway, N.Y., is too far south for a great white shark's migratory habits. But Nosal stated that it is "well within the normal coastal range of northwest Atlantic white sharks."

And while many people believe that this is a rare occurrence, Nosal confirms that this probably happens more often than people think, but they probably just don't know it.

There have been multiple sightings of great white sharks up and down the Atlantic coast this past season, making it one of the busiest in years.

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Yesenia Josie Rodrig

I believe it my dad came from vacation and went to rockaway beach on june 12 and saw a baby shark washed up on shore.If there is baby's there adult sharks be careful everyone..god bless everyone this summer..smh

June 15 2013 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yesenia Josie Rodrig

I believe it my dad came from vacation and went to rockaway beach on june 12 and saw a baby shark washed up on shore.If there is baby's there adult sharks be careful everyone..god bless everyone this summer..smh

June 15 2013 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CC

looks so fake to me, ucan clearly see two diff colors in the image that makes it look as if this kid just tried to superimpose two different pics together. The lower half of the image is dark green whereas the upper half is a lighter green. The kid didnt even bother to blend the images together. Also, the light source is coming from above as seen on the surfboard yet the sharks back shows no light reflections suggesting that these are two different pics....

January 15 2013 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
does it matter

this proves that most people do NOT get bitten by sharks when a shark is near a human.

"encounter were any closer, a surfer would've been a shark snack." This is just a perfect case of human ignorance. If a massive shark can swim near a human and not eat the human, then obviously they do not prey on us all the time. They only eat us when we disguise ourselves as seals by wearing wetsuits or if the shark is sick or has not successfully eaten in a long time.
Evolve up people. This is the kind of ignorance from humans that dates back a long time. We have the capacity to be a lot smarter than we are right now.

January 13 2013 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
douglassf

Let's see: it sure looks EXACTLY like a Great White; there are Great Whites all the way up into the Maritimes during the summer, and at least northern Florida waters in winter. Leaf through the book "Andre the Seal" to see the one caught off Rockport ME. In this photo, the water doesn't appear too clear, but to say it doesn't look like a GWS is silly.

Friend of mine was up his mast, working on rigging at dusk in Quick's Hole (SW of the Cape). He had his spreader-lights on and detected some movement beneath the boat. He saw what it was and started screaming at his wife and daughters to stay on the beach, rather than row back out to the boat. He saw about a 14-foot GWS under his boat. Down he climbed, pulled up the anchor and motored his sailboat to with 20 feet of the shore. All turned out well.

January 11 2013 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jwrsurf

Doesn't look like a Great White. Been surfing in Rockaway Beach for 50 years and never seen one.

January 11 2013 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HELLRAISER

You can swim with sharks. Just don't pet them.

January 11 2013 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lacrossedoxie

If it is a recent one one question why is he not wearing booties for we are further south them him and are wearing them/

January 11 2013 at 3:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Aquilus Domini

Excellent catch there. He should have something on his feet if the water is cold so his feet don't cramp. Definitely makes one think the picture was taken at a warmer time of the year.

January 11 2013 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wickedone1414

I live in the desert for a reason!

January 11 2013 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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