Local scuba divers have spotted large sevengill sharks swimming off the coast of La Jolla this week.
The shark is one of the newest creatures to call the area home, and also happens to be one of the largest local predators.
Divers are pushing for a scientific explanation to explain this recent phenomenon inside La Jolla Cove.
“You’re quite clear you’re in the presence of an apex predator and when one swims close to you it definitely gets your adrenaline going,” said diver Michael Bear.
Bear is so captivated by the mystery of their return – he set up a website where Watkins and others can log encounters [http://sevengillsharksightings.org/].
So far, the website has more than 50 high definition videos and 200 photos of the rare sharks.
With pattern recognition software used on whale sharks, Bear hopes to identify the individual sevengill sharks – and provide the data to researchers in effort to explain their local resurgence.
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