"I'd been gone 20 minutes and that's when my leg was seized," said Lytton, who is 61. The pain was "beyond excruciating.
"I felt like I was in a wrestling match because this animal was trying to flip me… I turned my head around I see a big head on my leg that belongs to the shark. And this was my advantage, as it turns out," he said.
His advantage because of something he had seen on TV.
"Nature documentary 101 — I knew dolphins always hit the gill, that's the place you go to attack the shark," Lytton said. "I punched it on the gill... and it released and swam away," he said.
Luckily, Lytton said, there were people close enough to hear his yells. He called for help and they dragged him on to shore.Two nursing grads were among the beachgoers.
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