Shark! Photographer captures amazing picture of massive four metre shark just yards from paddling surfers
This is the moment four surfers were caught on camera paddling for their lives to shore as a massive FOUR-METRE shark swam just yards away.
The incredible shot of the four men was taken on Sunday afternoon at Mettams Beach, near North Beach, in Perth, Australia.
Photographer Richard Knoppert, 57, from Perth, was out enjoying his hobby and looking for great surfing pictures when he spotted four surfers in the waves acting unusually.
Richard decided to fire off a few shots but it was only when he checked the pictures that he realised why the group was in such a hurry.
He said: “I looked out at the surf hoping there was some good surfing pictures to be taken, I just spotted four guys coming to shore very quickly and thought ‘that’s not normal’.
“At first I saw the guys all in a row, and thought that makes a good photo, but it wasn’t until I checked the images after that I saw the shark.
“I was about 100 metres away and when they came out you could see they were gesturing that something was out there, and I looked up and saw the shark.
“I think the shark was about 30 foot from the surfers because I was standing on an angle.
“When I spoke to the Department of Fisheries when they rang me, I said he was about 80 feet from the shore. He was catching fish in the waves that were breaking, you wouldn’t catch me in there anyway.
“We think it is about a three-and-a-half to four-metre shark, luckily it was chasing bait fish. I think the surfers were quite relieved to get out of the water as you can see by the expression on one guy’s face.
“It took about two or three minutes for them to paddle in, I think they were moving pretty quickly which caught my attention.
“I’ve never surfed but the enjoyment I get is to get great surf photos, I love action stuff and the surf on occasions gives that to you, there was a different kind of action this time round.
“Thank goodness no one was injured, someone suggested the shark might have been a bronze whaler.
“A few months ago a poor man was taken by a shark, he had his leg bitten off but he didn’t survive. Which is obviously very sad.”
Richard Knoppert used a Nikon with a 150 – 600 lens.