Shark Fin
Only a fin sticking out of the water is enough to know there's a shark in it.
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(permanent link) added: 2012-08-16 08:44:51 sponsor: AndyLA (last reply: 2013-04-20 10:16:18)

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This is one of those old cartoon tropes when a character falls in the water, and then he sees a fin sticking out of the water (may not be just one) and propmtly imagines "Oh Crap, a shark! Gotta beat it!". However, most of the time it's just someone pulling a prank by swimming under the water with a fake shark fin strapped to their back. Or it may be a harmless dolphin.

May be subverted when the character's Genre Savvy enough not to fall for it, but then it turns out to be a REAL shark.
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