Saturday, November 28 , 2015, 6:47 pm | Mostly Cloudy 55º

7-Gill Shark Captured on Videotape on Carpinteria Reef

Diver follows estimated 6-foot shark as it glides through kelp, then vanishes

By Jim Knowlton for Blue Ocean Productions |

(Jim Knowlton / Blue Ocean Productions via Twitter)

Video of a male seven-gill shark filmed while diving Saturday on Carpinteria Reef off Carpinteria. It looked like it was about 6 feet long.

These sharks are unique for many reasons, especially because they have seven gill slits instead of five, like most sharks. They also don’t have a first dorsal fin like most sharks do.

Seven-gill sharks can grow to about 10 feet long. With a diet of sharks, rays, fish, seals and carrion, they’re the principal large benthic predator off the California coast.

The sharks can be found seasonally in shallow waters of 50 to 100 feet but spend most of their time at great depths. Sightings are not common but seven-gills sightings have been increasing, especially off San Diego.

Click here for more information on Blue Ocean Productions, or call 805.448.1482. Connect with Blue Ocean Productions on Facebook. Follow Blue Ocean Productions on Twitter: @BlueOceanTV.

— Jim Knowlton is owner and creative director of Blue Ocean Productions in Ventura.

comments powered by Disqus

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.


Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.