A shark attacked a spear fisherman Friday at the Stillwater Cove area of Pebble Beach in Monterey County, California. The man, who has not been identified, was hospitalized after the shark bit him. 

Ryan Kearns, an engineer for Cal Fire, said the man had bite marks on his right, adding that, “it’s extremely rare." Signs were posted and the area was evacuated after the attack.

The man was spearfishing below the surface of the water when the apparent shark attack took place, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Department. 

"One of the deputies on scene was trained in emergency field medicine and applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg stopping his massive blood loss," the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post Friday.

Officers in an airplane searched the area and “spotted a large aquatic animal off Pescadero Point, which may have been a shark.”

According to reports, the man was stable when he was transported to the hospital, but his current condition remains unknown. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident.

​The Associated Press reported, citing state fire Capt. Josh Silveira that the man’s leg was intact but the bite was serious. He also said there haven’t been any recent shark sightings at the Monterey County beach.

The last unprovoked attack was reported in March when a great white shark attacked a kayak in Monterey Bay, knocking the kayaker into the water.

Below are some tips as to how to avoid and survive a shark attack, courtesy Florida Museum of Natural History website.

1. Sharks mostly attack lone individuals, it is advisable to not go in the waters alone.

2. Don't wander too far from the shore as it may be difficult to return fast for help in case a shark is spotted. 

3. Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk as sharks are most active at these times.

4. In case of a cut, do not enter the water as blood attracts sharks.

5. Leave the water immediately if a shark is spotted. 

6. Avoid going into waters containing sewage as it attracts bait fishes, which in turn attract sharks.

7. Avoid swimming towards a shark if it's seen in the water.

8. Do whatever it takes to get away after a shark attack.