The diver Has to feel an encounter with a mysterious and elusive shark

A diver goes nose-to-nose with a huge six in the world gills.

Maybe you’ve heard of the megalodon , the huge prehistoric shark, but what about the bluntnose sixgill? This is a huge, ancient shark that was lurking in at the deep end a long time before its extinct cousin, and is still at the bottom of the ocean. It is very rarely seen, even by scientists. However, on a recent submarine dive, shark expert, Gavin Naylor and caught amazing footage of a camera on cozying to his vessel, seems to be flirting and playing around with the ship.

“I’m literally nose-to-nose with the animal,” Naylor, who does research at the Florida Museum of Natural History in new york, said the Science, it’s about a journey in a submarine.

Bluntnose sixgills are the oldest, still-living shark’s origin, said Dean Grubbs, a deep-sea ecologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History in new york. Even though Grubbs was on board the submarine that day, and the dive was part of his ongoing research on the behavior and biology of these sharks. [Photos: killer whales Are Chowing Down on Great-White-Shark-Bodies]

“This is like the study of dinosaurs,” Grubbs told Live Science.

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In fact, the sixgill is older than most of the dinosaurs, the species has been around for about 200 million years ago. Some scientists even think that they will be able to survive the greatest mass extinction event, the Permian-Triassic, which killed 96% of marine life.

The 16-foot (4.9-meter) female sixgill was seen, about 3,250 feet (1,000 m) below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, just off Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas. She seemed to be showing off, for Naylor, the grand opening of its enormous mouth”big enough to swim in it,” Grubbs says and flashes a wide, blue eyes. She seemed to be looking forward to hearing the sub, Naylor said, nudging him with her nose.

“They were very, very softly,” Naylor added.

That is, until they began to tear at the bait that was attached to the sub, the shaking of the ship.

“They seem to be really slow, and it is really nice to see,” Lee, I have a deep-sea engineer, who was piloting the craft at the time, he told Science, “but, boy, when they go after a meal, it’s just a really powerful thing.”

Naylor’s dive was the fourth attempt was on a mission to track down and tag sixgill sharks in the deep-sea environment to be a difficult achievement of the craft.

The encoding of a sixgill shark in its natural environment is a significant challenge because they are so deep in the ocean, between 2,500 and 3,500 meters (800-1,100 m) below the water’s surface. In the past, researchers have drawn the sharks to the surface to be labelled. However, that method doesn’t always paint a clear picture of the shark’s behavior — after all, the truth of the tagged sharks to act erratically. Therefore, the researchers have equipped a ship with a dart gun that could shoot up the tags on the sharks. If they succeed, then they would be in the first team of researchers to successfully tag on, a beast of a sub.

When Naylor saw the special, sixgill, it was clear that she was much too close to the vessel, in order to have a tag on it with a dart gun. But he didn’t have to miss out on a great shot. Be happy, have a better chance to get a tag on a shark that came later in the night, when he saw a man, sixgill, at great range, he turned and shot.

Is the tag — that is the track the shark’s movement, it will help the Grubbs’ team to gain a better understanding of the behavior of the rarely studied prehistoric creatures.

The dive was part of a OceanX mission, an organization that conducts ocean research, and, sometimes, in addition to institutions.

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Originally published on Live Science.

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