One summer’s day, a family were enjoying a day out sailing on the open seas. Their carefree excursion took an alarming turn, however, when they noticed a dark object in the water. And while they approached with caution, nothing could have prepared them for the shock of what they’d find.
Natalia Nikitina lives in the Russian city of Novorossiysk. The bustling urban center lies on the shores of the Black Sea, which separates Eastern Europe from Western Asia. As a result, the city’s inhabitants enjoy easy access to the surrounding waters.
With that in mind, in July 2017 Nikitina and her family decided to take full advantage of their home’s proximity to the sea. It was a pleasant summer’s day, too, so they took to the water to enjoy a carefree afternoon of swimming and sailing.