Video of Surfer Towed by Great White Shark: Fact Check

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Surfer is towed by Great White shark: Video.

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Surfing With a Great White Shark, Offering Chunks of Meat..

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Fact Check:

A video popular online purports to show a Surfer being Towed by a Great White Shark in Sea towards the shore. It happens after he hurls chunks of bloodied meat to entice the shark. While many people thought the footage is real, some questioned its genuineness. So, let us analyze whether or not the video content shows a real incident.

About the Shark Surfer Video & Claims

The video in question is popular online since at least 2008, also appearing in some news articles earlier. A 2009 article on The Sun website mentioned it as an unbelievable moment (article removed later).  It said Snapper Kem McNair captured the incident on video accidentally from the shore at Florida’s New Smyrna beach in the United States. He said he spotted the surfer paddling around with a fishing rod. It says the 25-year-old unidentified pro-surfer threw chunks of bloodied meat and spotted the 4ft dorsal fin (later suggested as Great White Shark) emerging from the deep sea waters and towed him towards the shore, before disappearing back into the abyss.

It’s Advertising Campaign

YouTube user ‘sdalagelli‘ posted the video in May 2008 under ‘sports’ category, and he represents the website The website features banned, funny and controversial commercials along with viral campaigns and others. Notably, towards the end of the shark surfer video you can see the display of logo ‘Notorious’.

Display of logo 'Notorious' at the end of Video
Display of logo ‘Notorious’ at the end of Video

The original video on YouTube titled ‘Shark surfer‘ was uploaded by a user with screen name “Notorious415” in April 2008, again under ‘sports’ category.

It comes with a description mentioning the filming of the guy surfing behind a great white shark. More importantly, it carries a link to the Arnette sunglasses website The YouTube channel also features two other ‘unbelievable’ videos. While one carries the title ‘Skateboard sky loop landed,‘ the other is ‘MotoGP foot chase‘. As a matter of fact, those are all part of advertising campaign for ‘Notorious’ line of Arnette sunglasses. Benzo Theodore directed the shark surfer ad campaign starring pro surfer Jon Lalanne.

So, the claims saying the video shows a great white shark is towing a surfer after offering meat are hoaxes. It is possible a boat was towing the surfer and is not visible on screen. The ‘dorsal fins’ also might not belong to a whale as such.

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Prashanth Damarla