Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: known for its beaches, golf courses and sharks of what look to be prehistoric proportions.
Last week, Facebook user Steve Triplett posted the above image with this caption: “My sister-in-law took this picture today at Hilton Head. That is a huge shark and it is close to the shore......and there were two of them! I'm done…”
We hear you, Steve. So do the 57k+ people who have since shared your post. Experts are apparently in a debate about the owner of this fin, but considering it all comes on the tail of a fight to catch a 2,500 pound female Great White in the same area a few months ago, our official stance is to keep a healthy skepticism of anyone saying this could be a manatee, dolphin or sting ray (and a healthy distance from the fin in question).
Other questions to consider:
- Is there a Mariana-sized trench a few meters offshore there? How else could a shark proportional to that fin be splashing around so close to the shore?
- Is the shark in cahoots with this massive gator just captured along the Georgia coast? Or this one?
- Is it three smaller sharks zipped into a giant shark suit?
- Is it a carefully deployed viral-marketing ploy from someone at Shark Week, which began yesterday?
- Is it a misunderstood softie trying to catch its big break ahead of said Week?
Until we get the answers we need, be careful out there, folks.