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Sixgill Shark attacks bait

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 27 Jul 2010

A Sixgill Shark has been caught on video attacking a bait near Osprey Reef, off north-eastern Australia.

Scientsts captured the footage while working on the Deep Australia Project, which is investigating the evolutionary origins of human sight.

The baited trap, which was set at a depth of 659 m, attracted a Sixgill Shark.  Australia is home to two species - the Bluntnose Sixgill Shark, Hexanchus griseus and the Bigeye Sixgill Shark, Hexanchus nakamurai.

Footage © Justin Marshall, Queensland Brain Institute.

Read the full article on the National Geographic site. Click on the links to the right for more movies of this fish.

 

Tags fishes, ichthyology, Sixgill Shark, Hexanchus, Hexanchidae,