Grom Narrowly Avoids Great White Shark?

26 Jan 2017 13

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Chris Hasson from Nelson Bay could have watched his son Eden end up in the jaws of an alleged great white shark yesterday. Humorously, he posted to his Facebook wall some photos he captured of a potentially horrific incident of his son "Playing with Sharks."

"Up Northern for the late surf. Storm in background. I'm on the rocks taking photos of Eden." Chris is quoted. "I see a big dark shape and about to call the small group in and Eden takes of on a left and smashes it to the beach. Just as he is taking off I see something out of the corner of my eye. I keep shooting and after he finishes and starts paddling out I zoom in on the second photo and see he's just done a backhand snap on an 8 foot Great White Sharks head. Call everyone in and show them the photo. Lucky he didn't fall off. This photo is going straight to the pool room. Not everyday you get a photo surfing over a big white. Check its mouth. It's rolled over having a good look at his yummy yellow new wetsuit."

10-year-old Eden said after seeing his Dad's shots, "When I paddled I saw it (the shark) ahead just floating around and when I came up to do the turn I thought it must have been just seaweed...I did feel like I hit something." He told the Herald. 

The story went viral and the Hassons have done the morning television interview circuit this morning. However, many surfers are doubting the accuracy of the account and the photo, especially following Sydney teen, Alex Hayes' media stunt in 2015 involving a photoshopped shark under his board. Hayes later admitted to the media that the photo was edited. 

One thing is clear, this story continues to raise the issue of accuracy and targeted news picked up by news agencies right around the world. How can you filter out the truth from the BS these days? 

What do you think? 

Alex Hayes, not looking phased by the fake shark.

Alex Hayes, not looking phased by the fake shark.


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