Watch a large circle of hammers with two fishermen in kayaks
This video is sure to make you uncomfortable. Two fishermen in kayaks fishing off La Jolla, Calif., Were surrounded by a large hammerhead shark more than a mile from shore. The shark’s fin protruded above the surface next to the kayaks immediately after Backcountry Hunters and Anglers California chapter coordinator Devin O’Dea coiled up a beautiful yellowtail flounder. Probably drawn to the place of capture because of the amberjack blood, the great shark slowly circled the kayaks. O’Dea was fishing with Larry Laumann. After the shark arrived – and with a storm that hit quickly – the duo returned to land. According to an Instagram post detailing the incident, the shark chased them for over a mile as they peddled “never drifting more than a few feet from the boats until [the anglers] reaches shallow water.
“We’re lucky to have that yellowtail flounder, man,” Laumann says in the video. “Here he is, right next to us… he’s tall. He is really fat.”
At one point in the video, Laumann asks O’Dea, “Well, we’ve got mackerel. Do you want to catch a big hammerhead shark? To which O’Dea replies, “No, I think I got my shiver.”
Hammerhead sharks are characterized by their large, flat heads and can grow to sizes up to 20 feet long and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Like most shark species, hammerhead sharks are aggressive hunters. That said, hammerhead sharks typically feed on small fish, squid, octopus, and rays. Attacks on humans are extremely rare.
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“Surprisingly, I wasn’t as scared as I thought I was from the adrenaline I got from catching this amberjack,” O’Dea said. F&S, adding that the shark is estimated to be around 10 feet long. “I was determined to bring this fish home for the sashimi, even though the hammerhead shark kept bumping into us. My thought process coming back to shore was basically: do not fall. ”