A rare shark surprised a group of divers in the Canada. The “surreal” moment occurred in Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island, when the four divers were exploring a sunken ship. The video was shared on Youtube.
Connor McTavish was the first to spot the yellowfin shark: “It’s a big shark, it was surreal“, declared the Canadian newspaper Global News. “It was both frightening and incredible. It was such a beautiful thing to see.»
Footage filmed by the group in late May was posted by Garrett Clement on YouTube in early June. They show the moment when the encounter between the divers and the yellowfin shark took place. The animal approached and swam around the group for several minutes.
“When I saw it, there was great excitement,” says Matteo Endrizzi, who filmed the moment. “For me personally, it was just a case of, ‘I have to turn the camera on, because if I don’t film this, no one will believe us.’
There’s a reason why this encounter is so unlikely – and even unbelievable: Albafar sharks are a species that inhabits the deepest areas of the sea and it’s rare for them to come to the surface.
The moment it appeared, the shark also disappeared. In the Port Alberni area, according to Matteo Endrizzi, there were around 40 divers at the time of the sighting, but no one else was able to see the animal. The exploit caused “jealousy» among other divers.
The yellowfin shark was attracted by the lights the four were carrying and ended up “Circular» among the divers.
“He came to my lantern, then went to Garret’s and came back to mine. This was always circulating among us,” against Endrezzi.
The diver further explains that this species “not known“to be”aggressive“. Additionally, the specimen that visited them would be “a young“.
The yellowfin shark has six gills – unlike other species which only have five – and six rows of large teeth in its lower jaw. In adults, they can reach five meters in length and weigh 600 kilos, explains the Canadian Department of the Environment.
The group of divers reported the sighting of the yellowfin shark to the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Although the number of populations in Canadian waters is not known, authorities estimate that there are at least 7,900 specimens.
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