MALIBU, Calif. — A hammerhead shark bit a kayaker in the leg off Deer Creek beach in Malibu on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The kayaker was 1.5 miles offshore when a 10-foot hammerhead shark bit one of his lower legs about 2:30 p.m., said Lidia Barillas, public information officer with the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguards Division, according to Los Angeles Times.
“It was a bite and release,” Barillas said. “Nothing severe but a very deep wound.”
A fisherman spotted the injured kayaker, brought him onto his boat and helped him control the bleeding, she said. The kayaker was carried closer to shore and paddled on his own to the shore, where he was met by Los Angeles and Ventura County firefighters.
The kayaker was airlifted to a local hospital.
Lifeguards helped escort two other kayakers back to shore as a safety precaution. No other injuries were reported.
Los Angeles County beaches remain open.