A Kayak Fisherman Fought Off A Hammerhead Shark In Southern California

A Real Shark Attack?

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33 year old Mark McKraken fishing a half mile off Gaviota State Beach found himself being stalked by a hammerhead shark. It seems the shark had it’s eyes fixed on the fish Mark had caught and Mark feared perhaps on himself too.

Mark felt a bump on the back of his kayak and quickly thereafter felt another one.  He turned around to look and says “that’s when chaos kinda broke out”.


“He was right behind my kayak”, Mark says, and couldn’t tell whether the hammerhead was biting it or head butting it. Mark didn’t want to linger in the water to find out what the shark’s intentions were and so started paddling back to shore.


The shark kept circling closer and closer so Mark started jabbing it with his paddle. “So I started kinda hitting him pretty hard”, Mark explains, “trying to hit him in the eyes, the head, anywhere that I thought would get him away from me”.


But the fight wasn’t over. For 15 minutes the shark continued to keep too close for comfort.


“This guy was fired up and wired differently, trying to get me with everything he had”, Mark says about the shark.


The shark came back for round two, circling close enough for Mark to stab at it with his paddle blade.


The hammerhead follow Mark all the way back to shore. Even when on the beach, the shark kept swimming back and forth in the surf, refusing to give up.


As Mark paced back and forth on the beach, the shark followed him in the shallows.


“He wanted to battle me or something, I don’t know. Something was wrong with this shark, it seemed like…he was a little crazy”.


Mark and his kayak came away unhurt and with a great story.


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