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TCav Sep 21, 2012 12:58 PM

Does this photo look familiar?
This photo is showing up all over the place. Ostensibly, it was taken at a recent surfing competition. A dolphin appears just below the surface of a wave that a surfer is riding.

A frequently accompanying caption questions whether it's a dolphin or a shark.

I remember seeing the very same photo years ago, but I can't remember where.

A telltale sign that it's a hoax is that there only appears to be one photo of this (that everyone is using). Certainly, there must have been several people with cameras watching this competition. Why is there only one photo of it available?

deadshot Sep 21, 2012 1:21 PM

Yes I've seen it many times, mostly via e.mails with a funny caption.
The problem is now with the digital age you tend to think a hell of a lot of images are doctored because it's so easy to do.
I guess it could be original, I often take shots of my grandsons surfing when I'm the only one on the beach but at a competition you'd expect loads of shots.

JimC Sep 28, 2012 6:07 AM

That was taken at the Hurley Pro this year. Here's the accompanying article about it:

You'll also see it on the Facebook page about the Hurley Pro. Scroll down and it's one of the photos from September 17th.

JimC Sep 28, 2012 6:28 AM

BTW, a good way to find where images come from is using this Firefox extension. It lets you "right click" on an image and search for it.

In this case, it wasn't indexed by yet. But, Google found it:

TCav Sep 28, 2012 7:12 AM

Yes, Google has a facility for searching for images. I used it a little while ago, and found that a Dressage Instructor in Bulgaria is using an image I uploaded here. I used it for this image, and the same image shows up on multiple sites. The images are all croped exactly the same way, though different sites use different sizes.

But I'm certain that I've seen it before, several years ago.

JimC Sep 28, 2012 8:24 AM

You probably just saw one similar to it. There are lots of them online if you search for photos of a surfer and shark

dp1970 Oct 16, 2012 5:44 AM

I think it's probably genuine. But I take the original poster's point - these days one of my first responses to an incredible/surprising image is to wonder if it's been faked.

To be honest, I don't mind a faked photo, there's a lot of really good 'photo art' out there. I take exception when the faked shot is portrayed as genuine.

zig-123 Oct 24, 2012 4:39 PM

Hi TCav,

Could this be the image that you're thinking of?

The image is very similar to the one in the link that you posted.


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