A haunting final image showed a father snorkeling in the ocean near his son just before he died and was eaten by a shark.
Taylia Craw took a photo of her two-year-old son Levi with his father Duncan, 32, in the background while on a family trip in South Australia.
The photo shows Levi playing with a yellow spade in the sand and his father Duncan swimming in the ocean.
It was the last time the boy was pictured with his father.
The Victoria family was camping in Port MacDonnell last month when Duncan disappeared into the water.
His remains were later found near the popular tourist site.
When his torn wetsuit was discovered, they initially believed he was the victim of a shark attack. However, further investigation led authorities to believe Duncan died suddenly of an unknown natural cause before his body was eaten by a shark.
The family said in a statement, “While we may never know for sure based on the evidence we have, we now believe that Duncan most likely suffered a medical episode long before the shark arrived.
“We are comforted to know that he would have died peacefully in the water.”
Duncan’s family and friends held a memorial to remember the man on Sunday and said they would continue to enjoy the outdoors, just as he did.
Bret Trigg, the victim’s brother-in-law, told the story 9News: “The last week has been extremely traumatic for all of us, but seeing Levi only gives us a little strength to move forward.”
ON GoFundMe page The name “Duncan’s Legaci for Levi” was created after Duncan’s death and grossed more than $ 41,000 at the time of writing.
It reads, “Levi now knows his Heavenly Father is, and Duncan’s family and friends are determined to make sure he remembers how much Duncan loved his little man.
“While a father’s love, guidance, and presence are irreplaceable, we believe that additional financial support will help prepare Levi for the future.”