As Australian bodyboarder Matt Marshall was paddling to catch a wave, he thought he glimpsed a dolphin creating a splash in the same wave ahead of him only to find out later he narrowly missed colliding with a shark.
Marshall, a teenager from Mandurah, came within a few feet of the shark while bodyboarding last week in Prevelly, Western Australia. A friend captured video of the close encounter, as reported by 7 News Perth over the weekend:
"All I saw was a splash; I thought it was a dolphin first," Marshall told 7 News. "Then I went back through the footage and realized it was a shark.
"You just see the fin pull off the wave a meter in front of me, so it's lucky it didn't come toward me a bit quicker."
Coby Evans, who captured footage of the close encounter, told 7 News it looked "almost like it was going for him."
"He was lucky he caught the wave essentially, otherwise he could have been missing a leg for all we know," Evans added.
The encounter occurred on the same day a woman was knocked off her surfboard by a great white shark at nearby North Point beach, as reported by GrindTV.
Marshall caught one more wave before calling it quits for the day. He told 7 News the close encounter wouldn't keep him out of the water.
Read more about great white sharks on GrindTV