The Broadnose Sevengill shark
The Broadnose Sevengill shark is an unusual member of the Cow shark family. Don't be fooled by the
name "Cow shark" as in the ocean, this type of shark has nothing to do with the pacific nature of the cows in our
pastures. In fact, it is known to be of a more aggressive nature.
You see, although most shark attacks on humans, the ones that are involving a Broadnose Sevengill
shark happened in captivity, it still has a past into the wild as well. In fact, ISAF statistics recorded between
1580 and 2006, show that the Broadnose Sevengill shark was responsible for 9 shark attacks, 5 unprovoked
attacks, 3 provoked attacks and 1 shark attack on a boat.
The Broadnose Sevengill shark's scientific name is
Notorynchus Cepedianus and it belongs to the order of the Hexanchiformes. According to experts, while most of them
say that the Frilled shark also belongs to the Cow shark family, others say that it has its own order. Other shark
species belonging to this order either have six or seven gills.
Like his name mentions it, this shark has seven gills instead of the usual pair of five displayed
by most types of sharks. Its broad nose is also a characteristic reflected by its name.
Another peculiar information that is related to the Broadnose Sevengill shark is concerning its
diet. After all, how many sharks do you know; feed on carrion, which isa type of black crow? Its broad diet also
includes other sharks, seals, fish, rays, octopuses, mollusks and crustaceans.
This type of shark can reach a maximal length of 3 m but is weight is still unknown. The
reproductive system of this specie is oviparous, which means that it lays eggs. In fact, the largest amount of eggs
in a recorded litter was 80 eggs.
This species lives in temperate waters worldwide but like
several other types of sharks, it prefers the coastal waters to living in the deep sea.
If you wish read more information about various types of
sharks, I invite you to visit the main page of this site called: Types of