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Mom Sees Big Surprise at Pro Surfing Competition

Photograph by World Surfing League

"Holy sh*t!" blurts out the broadcaster.

"Get out of there immediately!" says the announcer.

Why all the alarm?

It just so happened that pro surfer Mick Fanning was seemingly about to get eaten by a shark! As the video below shows, he's minding his own business and getting ready to catch a wave at the World Surf League's J-Bay Open competition in South Africa when a menacing fin pops up near the back of his surf board during the finals. The horn sounds as jet skis race out to rescue Fanning and another surfer.

The sight was scary for Fanning's mother, Elizabeth Osborne, who saw her son punch the predator in its back as she was watching the event live on television.

"I just couldn't believe what I was seeing," Osborne told NBC News' Australian partner Channel 7 after the incident.

The shark ended up cutting the leash that attaches Fanning to his surfboard.

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"I was just sitting there and I felt something just get stuck in my leg rope, and I was kicking trying to get it away," Fanning said. "I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth."

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After a little time to process the alarming incident, tournament official announced that there were actually two sharks lurking around in the waters where the surfers were competing. It's apparently the fist time in professional surfing history that a tournament has been put on hold due to a shark attack.

Queue the theme from "Jaws."

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