Hexanchus griseus (Bluntnose sixgill shark)
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Hexanchus griseus (Bluntnose sixgill shark) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A giant 6-gilled cowshark with a broad, blunt
snout, moderately large, bright green eyes, and a short caudal
peduncle. Colour light brown or grey to black with a light
horizontal line on sides.
To 4.8 m TL.
area; all temperate and tropical seas.
Mostly offshore near
the bottom, but sometimes rises to surface at night and penetrates
close inshore; to at least 930 m here but over 1875 m elsewhere.
A common, omnivorous deepwater shark, feeds on other
sharks, rays, chimaeras, bony fish, hagfish, lampreys, whale meat,
crabs, shrimp, squid and octopus. Bears 22 to 108 young.
Caught by bottom trawlers, line boats and sports anglers,