A California woman made a starling discovery when reviewing family photos she had snapped during a recent trip to Manhattan Beach on Friday.

One of the images shows her 12-year-old son and his friend paddling ahead of a breaking wave on their surfboards, with one extra element in the background — an animal appearing to be a shark swimming just feet away from the children.

Theres One Surprising Thing Captured In This Picture That Would Terrify Any Parent

A woman snapped a photo which appears to show a shark swimming just feet away from her child and his friend. (Image source: @KTLA)

“It was quite a shock to see,” June Emerson told KTLA-TV.

“It was quite a shock to see.”

“Many local surfers and lifeguards have seen this and believe it to be a shark,” she added to KTLA-TV. “Of course, I told my kids it was dolphin, as we live at the beach and are in the waters here almost daily.”

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