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Mysterious sharks surround man near San Diego

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POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:14am

Marine researchers say seven-gill shark sightings are becoming more common

A local diver captured his recent encounter with several seven-gill sharks, a species Marine researchers are trying to figure out.

Trystan Smodgrass dove 40-feet deep into the ocean near La Jolla Cove and took video and pictures of sharks swimming as close as 3 feet away from him.

"Just right over by the buoy," said Smodgrass, "Suddenly, there were six or seven of them surrounding us."

Marine researchers at UCSD said seven-gill shark sightings are becoming more common, especially this time of year, but they don't know why.

To learn more about the "mysterious" species, researchers have started tagging seven-gill sharks with acoustic transmitters.

There have been virtually no reports of seven-gill shark attacks locally in recent years, but experts are reminding divers they can be dangerous.

 

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