Last year, Dive Magazine’s Simon Rogerson and Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng and Matt Segal went to Seattle to dive with sixgill sharks. A team from Oregon Public Broadcasting joined our charter to gather footage for a sixgill shark segment for Oregon Field Guide.
It looks like young Segal was cut from the show. Sorry, Matt!
Sharks which normally spend their lives at the bottom of the world’s oceans have been found living in the relatively shallow waters of Puget Sound. Recreational divers and researchers lure sixgill sharks in for up close encounters. It’s believed Puget Sound is a sixgill shark nursery: a safe place to give birth and raise hundreds or perhaps a thousand or more young sharks. There has never been a report of a sixgill attack on a human.
First Broadcast: 2009
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Michael Bendixen
Video & Stills Courtesy of : Eric Cheng-WetPixel.com and the Seattle Aquarium
Appeared in episode: Boat Building, Sixgill Sharks, Tsunami Update
Unfortunately, Andy Letourneau, a crew member with Team Hydrus, recently passed away in a diving accident. Vince has posted a tribute to Andy on the OBP website.