Mick Fanning Shark Attack
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Mick Fanning Shark Attack is a photoshop meme depicting Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning fighting and dominating sharks in a variety of humorous contexts. The series was launched following Fanning’s close encounter with a shark during the Jeffrey’s Bay Open surfing contest in July 2015.
On July 19th, 2015, Fanning encountered a shark during the Jeffrey's Bay Open surf competition. That day, a video of the incident was uploaded by the World Surf League YouTube channel, which gathered upwards of 18 million views and 3,000 comments in the next four days (shown below). After returning to shore, Fanning revealed in an interview that he struck the shark in the back to drive it away.
That day, radio host Charli Robinson tweeted a photoshopped image of Fanning wearing boxing gloves while carrying a shark on the beach (shown below).
Also on July 19th, 2015, Redditor da1s1 posted a video of the shark attack to the /r/videos subreddit, where it gained over 5,500 votes (91% upvoted) and 1,100 comments in four days. Meanwhile, other Twitter users tweeted photoshopped images of Fanning battling and riding sharks (shown below).
On the following day, Redditor Bbrowny submitted a photoshopped picture of a great white shark speaking into several microphones about the incident to the /r/funny subreddit(shown below). Within 72 hours, the post garnered upwards of 2,800 votes (88% upvoted). On July 22nd, the sports blog The Inertia published an article about the incident, arguing that Fanning was not attacked by the shark. In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including The Daily Examiner, Metro, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Mail.
 Reddit – Mick Fanning attacked by 2 sharks
 Twitter – @l_castelar
 Twitter – @Charli_Robinson
 The Inertia – Mick Fanning Was Not Attacked by a Shark
 Reddit – Mick Fanning shark finally comments on the incident
 Daily Examiner – Best Mick Fanning shark attack memes floating
 Metro – Surfer Mick Fanning punched a shark
 The Guardian – Mick Fanning shark attack
 Sydney Morning Herald – Mick Fanning shark attack memes
 Daily Mail – I was just swimming along
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Jul 23, 2015 at 04:47PM EDT
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