Hammerhead sharks are in the news again — this time involving an actual bite. According to Patch.com, an angler was bit on the foot by a 10 foot hammerhead shark while fishing from his kayak just north of Malibu.
Kayak anglers regularly dangle their feet in the water while they fish, both for comfort and increased stability. Sharks are inherently curious, and this hammerhead obviously wanted to know what it was dangling on the side of the kayak.
It is not difficult to assume all of these hammerheads are getting accustomed to finding tuna and other fish hanging beside kayaks and other fishing vessels. The warm water has drawn an increase of tuna, hammerheads, and in turn fishermen to local waters.
Los Angeles County beaches remained open today after a 25- year-old man fishing from a kayak was bitten by what was described as a 10- foot hammerhead shark just north of the Malibu area in Ventura County.
The man was fishing along with another kayaker around 2:30 p.m. about a mile off Deer Creek beach when he was bitten by the shark, Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Ron Oatman told City News Service.
He apparently had his foot in the water, Oatman said.
“It just kind of came by, bit his foot and moved on,” according to the captain.
He said the man suffered deep lacerations to the top of his foot.
The kayaker flagged down a fishing boat, which took the man close to shore, and he paddled his way in where he was met by lifeguards, Oatman said.
The man was treated at the scene and then airlifted to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Oatman said.