MALIBU—A kayaker fishing off the shore of Deer Creek Beach in Point Mugu State Park near Malibu had an encounter with a hammerhead shark on Saturday, September 5. The kayaker was bit on the top of the foot by the shark.
The man, identified as Dylan Marks, was fishing alongside friend Kyle Hudgins when he briefly placed his foot in the water, when the shark attacked.
A nearby fishing boat spotted Marks and Hudgins after the incident. The boat’s occupants aided Marks in slowing down the bleeding from his injury.
He was transported closer inland, until Marks and Hudgins were able to kayak back to shore. They were met by awaiting lifeguards and firefighters.
Marks received medical treatment on the scene before being airlifted to the Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks.
Authorities state that Marks’ injuries were not life-threatening, but he did sustain a number of deep lacerations on his foot.
On his Instagram account, Marks describes himself as “a lover, healer, a catch and release shark fisherman.” According to his Facebook page, he is a native of Santa Monica and currently lives in Oxnard.
The shark that attacked Marks has not been captured. It was described as being at least 10 feet in length.
Two OC beaches along sections of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach were closed on August 20, after a surfer encountered an aggressive shark near the shore. The beaches were re-opened the following morning.
Other recent shark sightings have been reported at Point Dume and Catalina Island, and as far south as La Jolla in San Diego County.