College student Tyler McQuillen was diving off the coast of Santa Barbara on Sept. 1 when he was suddenly hit from behind. Initially, he explains in the video description, he thought his friend was playing a prank, but he quickly realized that the incident was no joke.
After the initial attack the shark began to circle McQuillen, but fortunately, the student was armed with a speargun mounted with a camera to defend his life (and capture all the action).
“Extremely lucky to get out of this one alive, McQuillen posted on YouTube. “I saw blood around me and wasn’t sure where it was from, so I swam as fast as I could back to shore.”