TGIF: Postcard from "Sharkbite capital of the World"

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The internet’s abuzz about this photo of a surfer in Smyrna Beach, Florida (the sharkbite capitol of the world). Is it real or is it Photoshop? An article from London’s Evening Standard has the most extensive coverage found so far. The blacktip apparently leapt from behind the surfer while a camera snapped away. The shark was discovered in the “digital darkroom”.

Why is it important to the deep sea? Because we share these oceans with all kinds of thinking, feeling, swimming, and leaping creatures. That’s the moral of the story.

Hat tip to Clark Thompson with a shout out to the 2-1-5, and my boyz in Philly. Peace!

Peter Etnoyer (397 Posts)

PhD candidate at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and doctoral fellow Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.


5 Replies to “TGIF: Postcard from "Sharkbite capital of the World"”

  1. Sorry for being obtuse. The photographer says he never noticed the shark until he downloaded and viewed the pictures. What I’ve read seems to say the image is real, and supported by eyewitness accounts.

  2. Cool picture, but I don’t know what anyone would be concerned about. A blacktip reef shark is about as harmless as they come.

  3. Haha, yes. This picture is very real. It has been the buzz since it came out, and considering I live where it was taken I have seen it.

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