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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': Along with the page-quote example, another strip has a cowboy on a cattle drive noticing a "cattle shark" fin among the cows.


* Subverted twice in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' that takes place at the beach. Sue Ellen spots what she thinks is a shark, but it turns out to just be Mr. Ratburn doing the backstroke. She sees another fin and panics, thinking it's a real shark this time. [[spoiler: It's a dolphin.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''
** Subverted in the theme song. Brain sees what appears to be a brown shark fin in the swimming pool, his reaction startling Muffy. It turns out to be Mr. Ratburn's nose.
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Subverted twice in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' that takes place at the beach. Sue Ellen spots what she thinks is a shark, but it turns out to just be Mr. Ratburn doing the backstroke.backstroke just like in the theme song. She sees another fin and panics, thinking it's a real shark this time. [[spoiler: It's a dolphin.]]


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Sinker", the titular experiment is mostly seen as this as it's an aquatic experiment with a small body and a large and [[AbsurdlySharpBlade incredibly sharp]] dorsal fin meant for slicing watercraft in half.


* ''Magazine/MADMagazine'' had a feature that played with this. Among other things, it showed a shark with a sinister look on his face approaching a beach while "hiding" his fin under an old box, a shark near a large city beach with graffiti on the fin, and another with a brave guy diving off a boat to hunt the shark with the tiny fin. Once he's underwater, he's greeted by a HUGE shark who, apparently purposely kept only the very tip of his fin above the surface.

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* ''Magazine/MADMagazine'' ''[[Magazine/{{MAD}} MAD Magazine]]'' had a feature that played with this. Among other things, it showed a shark with a sinister look on his face approaching a beach while "hiding" his fin under an old box, a shark near a large city beach with graffiti on the fin, and another with a brave guy diving off a boat to hunt the shark with the tiny fin. Once he's underwater, he's greeted by a HUGE shark who, apparently purposely kept only the very tip of his fin above the surface.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Vento Aureo]]'' has the Stand named Clash, which takes the form of a metallic shark. It can teleport between and dive into any open liquids, no matter how small or shallow, and in certain scenes where it appears its dorsal fin is the only thing visible, poking out of things like a soup bowl, puddles of water, and even the tears rolling down someone's cheek.


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* Literal inversion in ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur''. When the pterosaurs make their second appearance, their mouths are seen first, sticking out of the clouds, evoking this trope turned upside-down.
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* Despite its prevalence, this trope rarely appears in real life. Most sharks ambush their prey from coming from beneath them, even in shallow water. So whilst a fin may tip you off that a shark is around, its probably just the shark inspecting you. It's when you can't see it any more you need to start worrying...

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* Despite its prevalence, this trope rarely appears in real life. Most sharks ambush their prey from by coming from beneath them, even in shallow water. So whilst a fin may tip you off that a shark is around, its it's probably just the shark inspecting you. It's when you can't see it any more that you need to start worrying...


* Any aspiring [[Troll trolls]] can find these in strap-on form in your local superstore for all your pranking needs.

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* Any aspiring [[Troll trolls]] {{Troll}} can find these in strap-on form in your local superstore for all your pranking needs.

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* Any aspiring [[Troll trolls]] can find these in strap-on form in your local superstore for all your pranking needs.

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* One of Calvin's hilariously morbid snow sculptures in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' involved a snowman being chased by a pack of sharks portrayed as fins protruding up from the snow.
-->'''Hobbes''': Snow sharks? \\
'''Calvin''': That guy's a goner.


* Despite its prevalence, this trope rarely appears in real life. Most sharks ambush their prey from coming from beneath them, even in shallow water. So whilst a fin may tip you off that a shark is around, its probably just the shark inspecting you. It's when you can't see it any more you need to start worrying...



* Very few sharks attack humans, but the ones who do tend to attack from beneath in an ambush, even in shallower waters. So whilst a fin may tip you off a shark is around, it's when you can't see it any more you need to start worrying...

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* Arlong from ''Manga/OnePiece'', who is a shark [[FishPeople fishman]], does this during his battle with Luffy.
** Later in the series, Hody Jones ''weaponizes'' his dorsal fin by putting a blade over it to slice through things as he swims.


* ''Film/DeepBlueSea'': The shark's dorsal fins breaking the water surface is sporadically used to betray their presence. However, this is played with in one scene. Susan is wading through a partially submerged corridor to retrieve the MacGuffin from her laboratory when a shark seems to approach her from behind, but it turns out to just be a harmless shark model. Then seconds later, she sees a second fin, which turns out to be the real deal.

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* ''Film/DeepBlueSea'': The shark's sharks' dorsal fins breaking the water surface is sporadically used to betray their presence. However, this is played with in one scene. Susan is wading through a partially submerged corridor to retrieve the MacGuffin from her laboratory when a shark seems to approach her from behind, but it turns out to just be a harmless shark model. Then seconds later, she sees a second fin, which turns out to be the real deal.

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* ''Film/DeepBlueSea'': The shark's dorsal fins breaking the water surface is sporadically used to betray their presence. However, this is played with in one scene. Susan is wading through a partially submerged corridor to retrieve the MacGuffin from her laboratory when a shark seems to approach her from behind, but it turns out to just be a harmless shark model. Then seconds later, she sees a second fin, which turns out to be the real deal.

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* ''Film/TheMeg'':
** As usual for shark movies. Megalodon's especially large fin provides the main characters an easy way to track the gigantic shark from the surface, as well as a MassOhCrap moment when it goes below the water...
** More humorously, when Meiying is playing by herself, she walks past a roomba floor cleaner that someone on the research station seems to have provided with a mini shark fin as a joke.


** Done by Homer when the family is at the beach. Homer wears a fin attached to his back, causing the beachgoers to run away. Then when Bart swims up right next to him doing the exact same thing, Homer screams, "AHHHH! Sharkboy!" and runs away.

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** Done in "Itchy And Scratchy Land" by Homer when the family is at the beach. Homer wears a fin attached to his back, causing the beachgoers to run away. Then when Bart swims up right next to him doing the exact same thing, Homer screams, "AHHHH! Sharkboy!" and runs away.

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