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November 2015    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 30, No. 11   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Hammerhead on the California Coast: “It Kept Coming At Me”

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With the ocean temperatures off the California coast much warmer than usual, creatures normally found farther south are making surprise appearances. Matt Lum, a freediver in Santa Cruz, CA, had an encounter with one while spearfishing on September 22nd, and he shared his story in an e-mail.

I was attacked by a hammerhead while diving Yellow Banks on the back side of Santa Cruz. I had a yellowtail on my stringer, attached to my back, and was fighting with another I had just speared when I got slammed in my left hip, full speed, by a 10-foot hammerhead shark....


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