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GoPro footage of surfer captures eerie figure in the water

SYDNEY, Australia (Derek Drake) -- Footage captured by pro-surfing legend Kelly Slater while riding waves in Australia last week shows he may not have been alone.

At the 17 second mark in the video, captured using a GoPro camera being held by Slater, an eerie figure appears in the wave.

Although many believe Slater was "sharkbombed," an official has come out with his own explanation.

"There was a actually a pod of dolphins in the area at the time, and Kelly actually got off the board and has essentially taken an underwater selfie with these dolphins," Steve Robertson from the Association of Surfing Professionals told the Sydney Morning Herald, adding that unreleased footage shows the dolphins. "There's no doubt about it, its not a shark, its not a ray or another surfer, its actually a dolphin in the footage."

Robertson's comment only added to the growing speculation as the video began to go viral.

Slater, himself, addressed the controversy when he told the Sydney Morning Herald he is "100 percent sure" the mysterious object was just a reflection of another surfer paddling over the wave as he crossed underneath.

"They would have probably been looking and watching, guys go through the tube and its quite common you'll see a shadow in the wave, Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane told the Western Australian. "[Slater] continued to surf for another hour or so, if there had been a shark they would have been straight out of the water."

Watch the video player above for the video that was posted to the Association of Professional Surfers World Tour official YouTube page, and judge for yourself. Then head to our Facebook page and tell us what you think the mysterious object is.


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