The photograph, which was shared on Facebook, made the rounds on social media after showing a surfer being stalked by a shark dorsal fin. The caption that accompanied the photo read: "A reminder to all beachgoers, as we continue into peak season for white shark activity.
“At 8am on Friday, there was a near encounter with a white shark and a surfer off Nauset Beach.
“Please remain vigilant."
The photo shows a surfer riding a wave on his stomach close to the coastline on a surfboard.
As he looks over his shoulder, a shark’s dorsal fin emerges from the water.
Great white shark encounter photo goes viral as surfer is stalked just metres from the beach (Image: GETTY)
There was a near encounter with a white shark and a surfer off Nauset Beach (Image: GETTY)
The surfer in the photo is Devon Zimmerman, who said he was only in the water for two minutes before the menacing fin appeared on the water’s surface.
He told a local news organisation: "It was pure shock, and you see literally the moment when I recognise what it is, and my only response is to lift my feet out of the water and drop my jaw.”
Mr Zimmerman’s wife Sarah McAteer said it made her feel “sick to the stomach”.
She added: "It made me nauseous.
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Mr Zimmerman was unharmed by the encounter (Image: GETTY)