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Close encounters of the shark kind

Courtesy: KLTA 5 News Facebook //

Courtesy: KLTA 5 News Facebook //

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Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:59 PM -

June Emerson took a picture that's worth more than a thousand words when she visited LA's Manhattan Beach on Friday.

Upon reviewing her images, she noticed a photograph featuring 12 year-old son and his friend playing in the water -- right beside what appears to be a large shark.

She told KTLA 5 News that the discovery was a "shock.".

Experts say that shark attacks are relatively rare, and usually only occur if the shark feels threatened.

It is, however, common for sharks to venture close to shore. In fact, experts at OCEARCH, a non-profit group that tracks sharks on a global scale, believe they may be swimming in close proximity to humans on a regular basis.

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