LA JOLLA, Calif. – Scuba divers exploring the ocean along the La Jolla coast said they are spotting rare sevengill sharks.
In recent years, they’ve been seeing more sevengill sharks, a breed that was known for roaming the area but disappeared about 70 years ago.
Nick Lebeouf is a professional scuba diver with SD Expeditions and videotaped the sharks interacting with him.
“They are slow moving,” he said. “We did a night dive and it interacted with us for 10 minutes.”
The sharks can measure up to 8 feet and are overall known to be a less aggressive shark. Lebeouf said they tend to stay close to the bottom of the ocean floor and swim through kelp beds.
“Back in 2010, we would see two or three of them in June and July and not every day,” he said. “In 2012 and 2013, we started seeing a lot more, you can see six or seven on any given day.”
“We think they are coming in because they’re breeding,” said Lebeouf.
Experts are still baffled as to why the sharks are making their way back to the coast. Some are pushing for more scientific data to understand their migration and patterns.