California Kayak Fisherman Beats Hammerhead Shark With Paddle While It Continuously Rams His Kayak

Kayak shark

This is nightmare fuel…

The ocean is just a big, blue, unknown, scary place. Ya never know what’s lurking in the depths, and usually, you can’t see it coming.

Sharks are not known to attack humans at any crazy-high statistic, but there are frequent encounters due to humans wanting to use their habitat.

Sharks are pure killers, and it’s hard to blame them for wanting a meal of something that looks tasty.

The video starts with a man in a fishing kayak holding his paddle like a spear. Then you realize he is doing that to use it as a spear against a shark swimming around. As it gets close the man lunges and hits it. It swims around to the other side and as it gets close again, you notice it’s a hammerhead.


Although it’s extremely rare for a hammerhead to be dangerous towards a human, it is still extremely scary when one gets close. Hitting it probably doesn’t help and might make it mad, but after it rams your kayak a few times, what else are you really going to do?

The crazy thing is, he is so far off shore and it doesn’t seem like anyone else is very close by at all… that would be enough to make the heart beat a little heavy.

The shark zooms around the kayak as the fisherman repeatedly strikes the shark with his paddle. The shark really seems unbothered and, on a mission, as he circles.

Finally, after a few minutes the shark seems to disappear and the man lets out a sigh of relief. No doubt, that is as scary as it gets. And how many people really have that much experience around sharks? Not a lot…

Here’s the explanation from the fisherman himself:

“My day started out like every other weekend. Out on the water, searching for halibut, and possibly a white seabass still hanging around the area. Never found any. Did see a school of bonito so I was trolling for them at the time when all of this madness began.

I felt a bump to the back of my kayak and you notice I turn to see what it was. Saw nothing so I looked right. Nothing. Then felt the bump again and turned back to the left to see this hammerhead who looked like he meant business. He hits my kayak 1 more time, which you can clearly see, and that’s when I decided I needed to do something about the situation.

I knew that the only way I was gonna be in real danger was if I was in the water. And I also knew as long as the shark didn’t hit my kayak anymore, there’s no way I would be in the water. So I chose to use my paddle to keep him away from my kayak.

I had other options. There was a 3″ knife in the compartment right next to me. And a rather oversized gaff with a 3 foot handle right behind me. Both of which I considered during the event but I preferred to not seriously hurt the shark if I didn’t have to.

I was close to a mile from any help and by myself with no boats in the area. If I had been knocked in the water and was splashing around, there’s a great chance the shark would have come up and bit me to see if I was food. One good bite from those teeth, that far away from any help, I almost surely would have bled out. So I did what I felt necessary to defend myself.

Please don’t come on here and tell me how I shouldn’t have been in their natural environment. This planet belongs to every living thing on it and we all have the right to go wherever we want. Except maybe not North Korea. I wouldn’t recommend that. If we aren’t allowed in a predators natural environment then we better all pack up and move into outer space. Because every square inch of this planet is a predators natural environment.

Don’t tell me hammerheads are mellow and it wouldn’t hurt me. Every animal, just like every human, is different. This is a shark that has NEVER, in the 30 years I’ve lived in this area, been seen here. So who knows what is going through its head. And I didn’t wanna find out.

I’m just glad that both myself and the shark got out of this with no permanent damage. And yes, I’ll probably be back out there fishing in the near future.”


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock