Not just a
huge collection of
Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
to help divers find the best places to encounter the different
species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has
slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on
all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.
now more than 10,000 shark pictures and sections on shark
evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of
reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a
monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are
numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is
now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and
pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be
Six gill slits.Sender body (compared to
H.griseus). Singledorsal fin
set well back above anal fin.
Caudal fin with distinct lower lobe and deeply notched upper lobe. Large round pupils reflect a
luminous green. Five rows of large comb shaped teeth.
Size at birth 40-43cm.
Temperate and tropical seas. Usually at great depth (90 to 620m). Long line
collection in Cape Eleuthera by Edd Brooks (Cape Eleuthera Institute) indicates
that bigeye sixgill sharks may inhabit greater depths than previously recorded.
and distribution: Found worldwide - Western Atlantic from Florida, Bahamas, Northern Caribbean,
Atlantic Panama and Costa Rica and Venzuela to Northern Brazil. Eastern Atlantic
from Southern Europe to North Africa including much of the Mediterranean Sea.
Indian Ocean off of East Africa and Western Australia and in the Western Pacific
from Japan and the Philippines and Eastern Australia. Not recorded in the
Eastern Pacific. Distribution records are patchy because the bigeye sixgill shark is
a rarely caught species. Many isolated pockets in this species' range may
eventually be linked once more catch data becomes available.
Red List Status: Data deficient. Sometimes taken as bi-catch in
line fisheries and as part of the artisanal shark fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.
Diet:Small to medium sized bony
fishes and crustaceans.
13-26 pups per
Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas. Photographed during a tagging study conducted by Edd
Brooks of the
Cape Eleuthera Institute.
sixgill Hexanchus griseus. The bluntnose sixgill shark can be identified
by its generally larger size and stockier body, its indistinct lower caudal lobe
and lack of a notch in the upper caudal lobe.
Reaction to divers:
Not applicable however a captured specimen showed aggressive behavior when
manhandled during release.