Claim: Photograph shows a surfer's close encounter with a lurking shark.
REAL PHOTOGRAPH; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION
Example:[Collected via e-mail, 2003]
Look at this! That dude's about to get munched by a shark!
Origins: The photograph displayed above is indeed real, but it doesn't depict the hair-raising scene most viewers think it does.
This picture was taken by photographer Kurt Jones on 9 April 2003 at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, one of California's premier surfing beaches. However, the ominous-looking finned creature pictured lurking just beneath the surface of the waves is a dolphin (possibly a bottlenose), not a shark.
A subsequent picture of the animal snapped later in the day by the same photographer demonstrated conclusively that it was in fact a dolphin: