Connor Lyon was out around 7:30 a.m. around 500 yards offshore when his kayak was bitten by an estimated 13 foot great white shark.
The 22-year-old was fishing for sea bass between Point Conception and Gaviota State Beach on Tuesday when “all of a sudden…kaboom” he told NBC affiliate KSBY “The shark came up from underneath. It grabbed onto the front end and started thrashing and shaking.”
The shark was biting into the font of his kayak he said “I was looking right into his big, black eyes, about an arm’s distance from the head. I had a full view of the lips peeled back and the teeth gripped into the kayak.” The shark flipped Mr. Lyon out of his kayak and swam away.
Mr. Lyon was able to climb back on top of his kayak as nearby fisherman who had seen and heard the incident came to his aid. He was uninjured, but said he will not be going out that far from shore again.
The bite mark measured 18 inches across.
Earlier this month a diver was bitten by a hammerhead shark off the coast and in July a surfer was bumped by a great white.
The location has bee marked on the 2015 shark attack bites tracking map.