This image was posted to Facebook by the mother of one of the two boys surfing, showing a suspected Great White shark in the background.
This image was posted to Facebook by the mother of one of the two boys surfing, showing a suspected Great White shark in the background. Facebook/June Emerson

Shark photobombs two boys at US beach

A MUM on a US beach has captured the moment a suspected Great White shark photobombed her son and his friend as they played in the waves.

June Emerson was taking pictures of the pair as they enjoyed some fun at a a Manhattan Beach, and did not notice the deadly creature in the background as she took the shot.

She first saw the menacing dark shape as she flicked through her happy snaps later in the day.

"I'm not sure what it was," she told CBS Los Angeles, "but it definitely scared me when I thought it might be a shark."

Local lifeguards and surfers later told her it was most likely a juvenile great white shark, which have been sighted in increasing numbers along the western US coast in recent years.

Ms Emerson  posted the image to Facebook, writing: "Another beautiful day at the beach. Big waves and apparently Big Fish! (Look into wave to right of Quinn Emerson, who's out catching a few!) - Manhattan Beach, California."

The picture soon went viral, and appeared in news bulletins across the US.



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