Mark McCracken, a kayak fisherman in California, was forced to fend off a highly aggressive hammerhead shark this past weekend with his paddle as it repeatedly attempted to ram his vessel. McCracken filmed the 15-minute encounter while he was fishing for bonito a half- mile off of Gaviota State Beach, In Goleta, on Saturday.
It hit the back of my kayak twice and I turned around to see it, McCracken said. I couldnt tell if he was biting [the kayak] or if he was head-butting it but soon as I saw it I just started going at him with the paddle.
The 33-year-old construction worker from Santa Maria, California said the The shark was super aggressive and he feared for his safety. The shark followed me all the way into about three feet of water, McCracken said. Even after I got out of my kayak and made it to the beach he was sitting right there…it was pretty creepy.
At this point of 2015, this is hardly a unique report. For months the extreme warm water has brought more sea life close to shore in Californias waters. The increase in bait fish has brought along record numbers of game fish and predators alike. You are urged to be cautious when kayak fishing, spearfishing and surfing.