Shark Bites Kayaker Near Malibu Beach

A hammerhead shark is seen off the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, in 2007. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sterling Zumbrunn, Conservation International)
A hammerhead shark is seen off the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, in 2007. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sterling Zumbrunn, Conservation International)

A kayaker fishing off a beach near Malibu, Calif., was bit Saturday by a shark and needed to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The kayaker, identified as Dylan Marks, 29, was fishing with a friend Saturday afternoon and dangling his feet in the water when a hammerhead shark bit his right foot about two miles off shore, according to KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.

Kyle Hudgins, who was fishing with Marks, told KNBC-TV that the pair saw the hammerhead shark just before it dove under water. A few minutes later, Marks felt the bite.

“He put his foot up on the kayak and he said, ‘Oh, dude. I just got bit!'” Hudgins said.

The wounded kayaker flagged down a fishing boat that was nearby and got onboard, where he was able to control the bleeding, according to the Associated Press. Lifeguards paddled to the boat and accompanied the kayaker back to shore.

Marks underwent surgery and was in good condition.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Rick Jervis

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