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
San Diego, CA — 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.