The terrifying shark attack video shows a bluntnose sixgill emerge from the depths of the Caribbean Sea. The shark species has outlived the dinosaurs and is an apex predator in the deep-sea food chain. Researchers from the marine exploration group OceanX tagged the beast off the coast of the Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. According to OceanX, the shark encounter was a “historic” moment for the team.
OceanX said in a statement: “After a week in the Bahamas with our wonderful partners at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, this weekend we managed to achieve history – tagging an animal from a submersible for the first time – ever.
“Our objective was the deep-sea shark, the bluntnose sixgill.
“This ancient species predates most dinosaurs and is a dominant predator of the deep-sea ecosystem.”
The researchers tagged the shark with a satellite tracker to chart is movements.
Shark attack: This terrifying beast from the deep is a bluntnose sixgill shark
Shark attack: The prehistoric shark rammed the submarine filming it
Because the shark is a deep-sea creature, it very rarely sees the light of day, making it incredibly hard to tag for research.
This is a monster. She is huge
In the OceanX video, the shark is seen kicking up clouds of sand by rolling around on the seabed.
The shark then pulls up to bite down on helpless prey with its razor-sharp teeth.
An OceanX researcher is heard in the video saying: “This is a monster. She is huge.”
The female sixgill then seems to take interest in the OceanX submarine and turns around to ram the vehicle with its nose.
Someone in the shark video says: “She’s going to eat the gun.”
When the shark then shows off its entire body, the same person says: “Whoah, look at the size. I mean, this female, she’s definitely bigger than the sub is long.”
The incredible footage was shared online by OceanX in July this year.
The bluntnose sixgill can grow up to 26ft (8m) in length and is typically bigger than great white sharks.
Shark attack: The shark species can outgrow the great white shark
Shark attack: The bluntnose sixgill predates most of the dinosaurs
Sometimes known as the cow shark, six gills live in tropical and temperate climates.
As of October 2005, the species of shark is listed as near-threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
According to the IUCN, the shark’s relative sluggishness makes it a perfect target for being caught in fisheries.
The conservation group said: “When captured it is often smoked in the Pacific Northwest US – Washington State – and Italy to produce a fine cured product, usually for export to European markets.
“It is occasionally used for meat and liver oil in Australia.”
How often do sharks attack humans?
According to the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, there have been 130 “alleged shark-hymn interactions” in the year 2018.
Of the investigated cases, 66 were categorised as unprovoked attacks and 34 were labelled provoked.
At the same time, the worldwide number of attacks last year was below the global average.
The Museum said: “Consistent with long-term trends, the United States experienced the most unprovoked shark attacks in 2018 with 32 confirmed cases.
“This is markedly lower than the 53 incidents that occurred in the US in 2017.”
What is the most dangerous type of shark on the planet?
Great White Sharks are fearsome beasts but Bull Sharks cane equally dangerous if not more prone to attack humans.
According to National Geographic, many experts consider the Bull Shark the “most dangerous” sharks on the planet.
Together with the Great White and Tiger Shark, they are most likely to attack humans.
The aggressive species grows between seven to 11.5ft and sighs an impressive 200 to 500 pounds.