A visitor to Kitty Hawk snapped this photo, purportedly of a shark in the breakers near the shoreline.
The photo, which Marlo Johnson said she snapped from the beach near Kitty Hawk, also features her nephew and her daughter.
Johnson said she also sent the photo to a marine science lab to see if they can review it and tell her exactly what type of shark it is.
"Shortly before this, we had seen dolphin running and this is what we thought we were taking pics of," Johnson said. "I have the picture in the hands of Virginia Institute of Marine Science for verification, but this sure doesn't look like a dolphin to me."
I believe it, seen plenty at The Inlet down here, and when i'm on my SUP I see waaaaaaaay more. The water is typically very clear on the north side of the Inlet so tons of things to look at, south side is normally murky and where most bites occur, no surprise there. Seing 6-8 dolphin catch and ride a wave along side of me a couple weekends ago opened my eyes big time, as they just came out of nowhere, but one the coolest thing to ever happen to me in the water, thankfully they are the friendly type.
Yep, it's part of what makes it such a cool place, not only that but sooo many dudes are afraid to paddle out there because they have heard it's the "shark bite capital of the world", so it helps with the crowds, which is what i love most.
I'm pretty sure that picture is of a dolphin. Looks like the water is distorting the head and lower fin. Also I have never heard of a shark with that growth on the tip of the dorsal fin. All the dolphins around here have that algae dangling from their dorsals.