Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, dorsal fin six nautical miles off the coast of Gansbaai, quite close to Dyer Iceland and Geyser Rock, a great white shark breaks through the water surface. Its dorsal fin is an individual, special distinguishing feature of the shark, unique and unmistakable. The dorsal fin and also the tail fin with its asymmetric structure are ideal for the mobility of the shark.
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In a harrowing close call off the coast of South Carolina, an 11-year-old girl taking a dip in the ocean appears to have narrowly escaped a deadly encounter with a shark.

Video captured by Nicole Oister shows her daughter body surfing just off the shore of Myrtle Beach when an ominous fin suddenly appears and begins rapidly moving toward her. The panicked girl quickly jumps to her feet in the shallow water and runs toward the beach, the video reveals.

Shark experts say swimmers should stay close to the shore, always swim with a friend, avoid swimming at dawn or dusk and stay away from areas with a lot of fish or seals, which could attract sharks.

What’s the closest you’ve come to a shark?