A Deep-Sea Shark Has Been Captured on Film. It’s Older Than Dinosaurs

Researchers have found the mysterious bluntnose sixgill shark and have caught them on film. This creature has been here before the dinosaurs.  

It has been described as being “perfectly efficient” by the team from the Florida State University. The bluntnose sixgill shark is still a mystery for researchers, in spite of the fact that it has been on this planet for about 200 million years. 

From time to time, they come to the shallow waters, from 8200 feet. They arrive at night to feed themselves. 

When it comes to capturing the bluntnose sixgill on film, the researchers also got to hit a point in history. They were able to tag the creature from a submersible vessel. This is the first time this has happened.  

They are not friends with light

Due to the fact that we are talking about a deep-sea species, it is kind of hard to be tagged in such manner, according to the researchers. In their usual life cycle, they don’t experience daylight, and they rarely feel the low pressure or the warmer temperatures of the water from the surface.  

In a normal way, the data that they got after the surface tagging of the bluntnose sixgill shark is believed to actually be skewed, because the shark does not get back to its natural behaviors for some time after the tagging process.  

Scientists believe that these creatures have the lifespans of about 80 years, and they can grow up to 16 feet in length.  

As per National Geographic, they are not actually considered to be dangerous to humans, unless they are provoked. They consist of a diet of fallen carcasses, they use their serrated teeth like knives, and they tear the flesh away from the dead bodies. 

This footage of the shark was also posted on Facebook, and it has been seen nearly 25,000 times. 

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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