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Hammerhead shark bites kayak


Mark McCracke was fishing half a mile off the coast of Gaviota State Beach in California when he ran into a determined hammerhead shark.

At first the shark just circled him, but then started hitting his kayak.

After hitting the shark repeatedly for around 15 minutes, he decided it was time to get to shore.

The 33-year-old told NBC News: “It hit the back of my kayak twice and I turned around to see it. I couldn’t 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.”

Even after he made it to shore, the shark was still acting aggressive. He said “The shark followed me all the way into about three feet of water. Even after I got out of my kayak and made it to the beach he was sitting right there…it was pretty creepy.'”

Earlier this month another kayaker was bitten on the foot by a hammerhead shark, however he was shark fishing.

Back in August a scuba diver bitten by a hammerhead shark off the California coast.

All locations are marked on the 2015 shark attack bites tracking map.

Apparently El Nino is causing a larger than normal amount of hammerhead sharks to visit California.

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