Broadnose Sevengill Shark Notorynchus cepedianus

Sevengill Shark
Sevengill Shark
Sevengill Shark
The Broadnose Sevengill Shark, also called just the Sevengill Shark, is native to coasts mainly of subtropical and temperate eastern and western Pacific (especially around Japan in the north and New Zealand in the south), but also of southern Africa and Atlantic South America. It is the only species in its genus. As its name indicates, it has seven gill sections rather than the usual five, one of only two sharks to have seven, the other being the Sharpnose Sevengill. It has a grey topside, often with scattered white and black spots, and a white underside. It grows typically to some 2 metres long (1.5-3m range). Prey is mainly other sharks and fish but includes shellfish and carrion. They are fished for intentionally and as bycatch across their range and classed as vulnerable.