Kayaker Fights Off Swarming Hammerhead Shark in Terrifying Video

He was trapped in a small yellow kayak as an aggressive hammerhead shark swam around him in circles. Mark McCracken was fishing in Santa Barbara off his small plastic boat when he noticed the angry shark circling and trying to push him over.

Mark: 1 Shark: 0 I was trolling for bonito yesterday when out of nowhere this tweaked out hammerhead started ramming and biting my kayak. I had to hit him over 20 times before he finally gave me some space but still stalked me for a half mile all the way back to shore. Even after I was on shore, he paced back and forth in about 3 feet of water like he was just waiting for me to come back out. Pretty bizarre and crazy experience to say the least. #sharkattack #hammerhead #whycantwebefriends #ibeatupashark #getoutside #getoutdoors #getattackedbyashark #fishing #kayakfishing #madness #malibukayaks #gopro #goprodaily #goprohero4 #goprorealm #goprooftheday #hero4silver #goproshowcase #herefishyfishy #getoutthere #modernoutdoorsman #wildernesscultue #liveauthentic

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McCracken did the only thing he could to protect himself, he hit the shark over 20 times just so it would back off a little. Still the shark followed him all the way to shore.

The 33-year-old posted a video to his Instagram page showing the insane footage from hammerhead encounter.  According to KTLA, the unusual sighting is due to the warm temperatures.

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