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There is no typo in the title. Recently, an Oregon surfer was out in the water, felt a bump, and suddenly had his feet planted on the back of a moving Great White Shark.
Doug Niblack was the surfer, out in local Oregon waters about 50 yards offshore when he said he felt his board hit something. That something was a Great White Shark! Doug told the AP (Associated Press) that after he was bumped he saw a dorsal fin and all of a sudden his feet were planted on the back of the shark.
He went on to share, “It was pretty terrifying just seeing the shape emerge out of nothing and just being under me.” “And the fin coming out of the water. It was just like the movies.”
“When I put my hands down on it, it felt rubbery like Neoprene, like a wetsuit.” “There was a moment there when everything was going on, I just kind of made my peace. I honestly thought I was going to die. Then paddling back in, I was praying the whole time. Like, ‘Don’t let it be following me.'”
John thinks he was planted on the back of the shark for about three to four seconds. After that the shark took off, but not before its dorsal fin caught his board, and dragged him several feet by his leash.
If you’re ready to call major BS, you could, that is until Jake Marks, an off-duty U.S. Coast Guard chimes in to confirm he was out surfing at the same time, and saw major action in Johns direction.
Jake didn’t see the shark, but did see a large shape swimming between himself and John, and confirms he saw John stand up out of nowhere as turbulent water swirled around him. After the run-in John paddled for his life towards shore. Jake saw the action and frantically followed John.
Jake shared, “I have no reason to doubt there was a shark out there.” “With the damage to his board, the way he was yelling and trembling afterwards — there is no other explanation for that.”
Johns final thoughts were, “I’ll definitely go back out.” “It’s just the surf sucks right now. I’ll wait ’til that gets better, then go back out.” Reportedly, John plans to bring a gifted video camera out with him for surf sessions from now on.