I’d love to see the two minutes of footage immediately following this clip. You know at least one of those surfers out there saw that from the corner of his eye and was telling himself ‘that was probably just a dolphin’, but within seconds his mind processed the fact that there was a great white shark in the area and he began to panic. Yelling out to everyone in the lineup that there’s an active great white shark in the area a massive group of surfers begins to haul ass back to shore, creating quite the spectacle.
Every surfer to ever paddle into a wave in the greater San Francisco area knows fully well that there are great white sharks in the area, so it’s not like it would’ve been a completely unbelievable sight. At the same time, you absolutely NEVER expect to see a great white fully breach out of the water within feet of where you’re catching waves.
Masturzo was paddling over a wave at exactly 8:46am and saw what Shark Research Committee Ralph Collier describes as a “seven-eight-foot juvenile Great White”.
“I saw it straight on,” Masturzo said. “And when I saw that white belly go up and the super defined white of pectoral fins I knew what it was. I told everyone around me and went in. It was funny, some people were saying, ‘that’s not cool,’ but I would never say ‘shark’ on a small day to try to clear the water. If it was six-to-eight-foot, maybe. [Laughs.]”
As noted on Surfline, there’s never been a recorded great white attack at Ocean Beach where this footage takes place. There was a surfer back in 2005 who was ‘bumped’ by a fully grown great white but that wasn’t recorded as an ‘attack’. That said, I’m 99.99% certain that there were a few wetsuits soiled in the water.
Unrelated, I came across this picture on Instagram when searching for alternate angles/pictures of this footage and it’s blowing my goddamn mind:
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