Shark Dolphin photobombs boys surfing in California (video)

June Emerson was taking a photo of her 12 year old son and a friend surfing, and didn’t realize until later that a rather large animal had photobombed the shoot.  Many thought it was a shark, but later reports are suggesting that it’s a dolphin, based on the tail fin being horizontal rather than vertical, and the apparently lack of a second dorsal fin.

I’ve watched a dolphin photobomb at the beach in Delaware.  It’s a thing to behold.  I’ll never forget my favorite time, when two hunky boys were getting their photo taken, standing in the water only a couple of feet in.  The tide was quite “in” and the water got deep quickly.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, only a few feet behind them, this huge dolphin leapt out of the water and the muscle boys screamed!  It’s hard to believe that the dolphin didn’t know exactly what it was doing.

This took place at Manhattan Beach, California this past Friday.


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25 Responses to “Shark Dolphin photobombs boys surfing in California (video)”

  1. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I don’t have an opinion either way, but here’s an article about it:

  2. maddie says:

    it scares me to deth to go in the water

  3. Brian says:

    The marine biologists are getting lazy. Sorry guys, but there is no way this is a dolphin. The ratio of body length to the position of the pectoral and dorsal fins is all wrong. That’s a shark.

  4. Brian says:

    Sorry guys, but there is no way this is a dolphin. The ratio of body length to the position of the pectoral and dorsal fins is all wrong. That’s a shark.

  5. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I like your summaries better than the newspeople’s :)

  6. Well, some people, not me, prefer to have videos walk them through stories, rather than reading the story. Thus, voila. :)

  7. Naja pallida says:

    You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

  8. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Pet peeve — posts that say “(VIDEO)” when they actually contain a video of people talking about a video :)

  9. Naja pallida says:

    That, and with many movement oriented, ambush predators, grabbing something first, and then deciding if it’s actually edible later is often part of their hunting strategy. Never pass up a potential meal, even if it means making a few blunders now and then. You see the same kind of behavior rather commonly in snakes and crocodilians.

  10. WilmRoget says:

    Except, not all sharks eat humans. There are large species that rarely, if ever, attack humans. Given that it is difficult to determine if the animal is a shark, or a dolphin, concluding that it is a species that preys on humans, is a bit premature.

    Oh, and recent research shows that sharks prefer to attack from behind, and are aware of human gaze – since the humans are facing the wave . . .

  11. UncleBucky says:

    Like a box of chocolates? Biting each one until you find the truffle you like!

  12. UncleBucky says:

    Don’t go in the water. C’mon!

  13. therling says:

    I was standing with a couple of folks in about 3′ of water in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Transkei, at a place where there were no shark nets, when someone saw a fin go by. Suddenly the water got a little warmer.

  14. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I’ve read elsewhere that marine biologists think this was a dolphin, not a shark.

  15. Corey says:

    Poses no threat? The shark isn’t surfing like a dolphin, the pic shows the shark checking out the happy meal, wondering if its hungry enough or if they’re tastey enuff to make a move. A 4 ft shark could kill a 12 yr old

  16. hoplite_i says:

    John, here’s one for you, young dolphins deliberately getting high with their friends:

    Which is just… awesome…

  17. hoplite_i says:

    Lame. How would you like it if somebody came into your living room and acted like that towards you? What else do you want to kill all of? Bears? Big cats? Really, you need to learn your place in this world. You don’t own nature. You have no right to do such a thing. I suppose you have a right to say it, but it doesn’t do anything for your karma. And if I were you (specifically you) I would be careful going in the ocean. Mother nature might want to send that message in a more dramatic way.

  18. hoplite_i says:

    The big ones intend to leave you alone. They really do. The problem is that by the time they realize you’re not what they want, it’s often too late and you bleed out. See, the way they most often figure it out is by biting you. Just like we do actually. Sometimes we can decide we don’t want to eat something by looking at it, but more often, we require a taste to be sure.

  19. chris10858 says:

    The shark poses no harm? Isnt that what the mayor said in Jaws right before lots of people got eaten alive by a Great White? No, thank you. Kill em all and let God sort em out! :)

  20. pappyvet says:

    Could just be looking for a new client.

  21. hoplite_i says:

    ok.. your resident socal (Manhattan Beach) surfer here to nit pick all things surf again. That’s Harold. Harold has been hanging around for a few months. Harold is not a huge great white. Harold is just a kid (5-6 feet), a juvenile. Here’s still young.

    Here’s a more mature local resident:

    This guy i would call a medium sized GW. 10-12 feet. Huge GW’s get up to 20 feet or more.

    So Harold is not huge. Here’s what we believe to be Harold again (as shot by my friend mike with a gopro mounted on his helmet):

    You can see him in relation to the SUP Mike is standing on.

  22. Honestly, I don’t care if they do leave people alone, I’d have died.

  23. Rick Roberts says:

    I would crap myself!

  24. TonyTyner says:


  25. Chef Kowalski says:

    Or maybe the aquatic creature wanted to take a selfie with a land-dweller.

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