The terrifying shark attack video shows a bluntnose sixgill emerge from the depths of the Caribbean Sea. The shark species has outlived the dinosaurs and is an apex predator in the deep-sea food chain. Researchers from the marine exploration group OceanX tagged the beast off the coast of the Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. According to OceanX, the shark encounter was a “historic” moment for the team.
OceanX said in a statement: “After a week in the Bahamas with our wonderful partners at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, this weekend we managed to achieve history – tagging an animal from a submersible for the first time – ever.
“Our objective was the deep-sea shark, the bluntnose sixgill.
“This ancient species predates most dinosaurs and is a dominant predator of the deep-sea ecosystem.”
The researchers tagged the shark with a satellite tracker to chart is movements.
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Because the shark is a deep-sea creature, it very rarely sees the light of day, making it incredibly hard to tag for research.
The female sixgill then seems to take interest in the OceanX submarine and turns around to ram the vehicle with its nose.
Someone in the shark video says: “She’s going to eat the gun.”
When the shark then shows off its entire body, the same person says: “Whoah, look at the size. I mean, this female, she’s definitely bigger than the sub is long.”
The incredible footage was shared online by OceanX in July this year.
The bluntnose sixgill can grow up to 26ft (8m) in length and is typically bigger than great white sharks.
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Sometimes known as the cow shark, six gills live in tropical and temperate climates.
As of October 2005, the species of shark is listed as near-threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
According to the IUCN, the shark’s relative sluggishness makes it a perfect target for being caught in fisheries.
The conservation group said: “When captured it is often smoked in the Pacific Northwest US – Washington State – and Italy to produce a fine cured product, usually for export to European markets.
“It is occasionally used for meat and liver oil in Australia.”
How often do sharks attack humans?
According to the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, there have been 130 “alleged shark-hymn interactions” in the year 2018.
Of the investigated cases, 66 were categorised as unprovoked attacks and 34 were labelled provoked.
At the same time, the worldwide number of attacks last year was below the global average.
The Museum said: “Consistent with long-term trends, the United States experienced the most unprovoked shark attacks in 2018 with 32 confirmed cases.
“This is markedly lower than the 53 incidents that occurred in the US in 2017.”