A shark attack. It's one of the known hazards of surfing -- as Mick Fanning's encounter showed -- but that doesn't make it less scary when it happens.

Just ask Elinor Dempsey, who was surfing off the coast of Morro Bay, California, Saturday morning when -- according to The Tribune, a newspaper based in nearby San Luis Obispo -- she ran into a sizable creature in the water.

"First I thought it was a dolphin and I thought, 'What the hell is he doing?'" she told the paper. "And he kind of landed on my board. Then I realized he had taken a chunk. And I was like, 'That's not what dolphins do.'"

Courtesy The Tribune/SanLuisObispo.com

That most certainly isn't what dolphins do. Luckily that's all the shark got, and Dempsey was able to swim away unharmed. Shaken, but unharmed.

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Dempsey estimated the shark to be 7 to 8 feet long -- not a giant, but still nothing you'd want to remotely mess with. According to The Tribune, State Parks and Morro Bay Harbor Patrol posted 72-hour beach closure signs along a 7-mile stretch of coast.

So, a reminder: No matter how perfect a place seems -- and trust us, Morro Bay very much fits that description -- you've got to watch out when you're in the water.

H/T The Tribune and For The Win

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The Miami Heat, no matter what a certain star once said, do not play on South Beach.

Still, it's hard to separate the NBA franchise and the neighborhood that's just a causeway away. So, as posted to owner Micky Arison's Instagram account this week, the team is considering these vibrantly colored uniforms -- in some capacity -- which would fit right in on Collins Avenue:

That color scheme look familiar? Many have noticed its similarity to the "Miami Vice" TV show's logo, but it doesn't stop there. The Washington Post noticed that a number of Reddit users have proposed "Miami Vice" theme nights, with one creating the uni design that Arison ultimately shared.

Who knows what will come of these (this writer would offer a "Yes" vote), but it does seem Arison is feeling the "Miami Vice" nostalgia, so ...

#TBT 25 yrs since MiamiVice next year will be 10 since ur @MiamiHEAT 1st Championship @DwyaneWade @SHAQ

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He went too soon: Darryl Dawkins, aka Chocolate Thunder, aka Dr. Dunk, died Thursday at age 58.

His combination of personality and backboard-shattering dunks made him a player no hoops fan could forget. So it's only natural that a social media outpouring followed the news, featuring current and former Philadelphia 76ers, big-time dunkers, other stars past and present, and even those who never played in the NBA:

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Ross Dzuris is hoping to make an impact on the football field this fall. His 2015 headshot is already changing the game.

Honestly, it's a shame a helmet will be covering up this magnificent mustache:

Facial hair is all the rage, so ingenious guys like Dzuris have stepped up their game -- some would say to the extreme -- to distance themselves from the rest of the bearded pack. We're not sure how Dzuris will play this season, but his mustache game is sure to put the field to shame.

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Nothing says "Happy 26th Birthday" quite like a yacht, Kanye West and the Kardashian-Jenner clan ... right? Right.

After much speculation and persistent rumors that Houston Rockets star James Harden is dating Khloe Kardashian (who was formerly married to Lamar Odom), the two added further fuel to the claims by ringing in The Beard's birthday together.

Even Yeezy was on hand at the star-studded affair, although it looks like he didn't exactly bring the energy we have grown accustomed to from the rapper:

Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian West, posted another picture where Harden was surrounded by all five of the sisters with the caption "Happy Birthday Jaaaaaaaames!!!!"

It seems likely that a spin-off reality show entitled "Keeping Up With The Hardashians" is inevitable. Just kidding ... but not really.

Kendall Jenner (the second youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan) also took to social media to acknowledge the occasion. She posted a photo of the NBA MVP candidate being goofy with party-goers:

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A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on

Yep, that is indeed a "Happy Birthday James/2015" watermark you see on that picture. From casual Chipotle dates in H-Town to watermarked photographs, things appear to be escalating quickly.

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