Sevengill Sharks In the Media

Note: everyone knows how the news media tends to treat sharks: with an eye to the sensational, because that’s what ‘sells,’ so bear that in mind as you watch the video below–to be fair, however, in recent years, most reporters try to get the opinion of at least one marine biologist to balance out their piece.

July 7, 2015:

Speak Up for the Blue: Episode 1: Tracking Sevengill Sharks using Citizen Science

On the 1st episode of this special series of podcasts, marine ecologist Andrew Lewin interviews Michael Bear, Director of Citizen Science at Ocean Sanctuaries, who as an avid SCUBA diver in San Diego, California started a Citizen Science program for other divers to monitor the presence of Sevengill sharks. These mysterious sharks were suddenly noticed in 2009 and it seemed as though they appreared out of nowhere. Michael himself recounts in his interview his first encounter with a Sevengill shark:


March 25, 2015:

Sevengill Sharks Thrilling Divers at La Jolla Cove

CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8

5-13-14: San Diego Ch. 10 News: Featuring ‘Janice’ the Returning Sevengill:

5-12-14 Fox 5 News, San Diego:

June 4, 2013: Interview with Erik Anderson, KPBS TV:

Sharks Attracting Attention In San Diego Waters

Southern Fried Science: Guest Post

A citizen science project to monitor sevengill sharks in San Diego

Marine Science Today

(Repost of KPBS Story Above)


California Diver Magazine: Diving with Sevengill Sharks and Shark Diver Magazine

by Michael Bear


Interview with Steve Luke of NBC San Diego

[with a few funny audio issues that Ch. 7 apparently never fixed]:


Marine Science Today (Item #3)


Travis Ball, Blue Water Photo ‘In Focus’

Photographing Sevengills in La Jolla Cover with photographic tips by Scott McGee

 San Diego NBC ‘Recent Shark Sightings’


Voice of San Diego: Grant Barrett


 San Diego NBC San


NBC San 4-2-10:

TV Interview with local divers Steve Murvine and Michael Bear:

Sevengill Shark Sightings on the Rise in Southern California

Dec. 1, 2009

By Christy Pattengill-Semmens, REEF Director of Science

Active REEF surveyor, Mike Bear, and other San Diego area divers started noticing something unexpected earlier this year — increasing numbers of encounters with the Bluntnose Sevengill Shark, Notorynchus cepedianus, also known as the Broadnose Sevengill shark. Knowing first hand the impact that divers and snorkelers can have as citizen scientists, Mike set up a website — — to serve as a central repository for photographic, videographic and written data on these magnificent creatures. Submissions on the site will allow REEF surveyors who are lucky enough to encounter this prehistoric species to provide additional information and images beyond the sighting and abundance information recorded as part of their REEF survey.

See below for full article:

San Francisco Chronicle: Seven Things to Know About Sevengills:

August 4, 2008

The project, a collaboration between Aquarium of the Bay and the Biotelemetry Laboratory at UC Davis, began in May and could last five years. It will provide information about the history, behavior, movements, spatial distribution and migration patterns of the sevengills.

“Are they moving together? Are they moving individually? Do they have territories?” Slager asked. “We’re also going to tag juveniles and see if there’s age or size segregation.”

San Francisco Bay might be the only nursery ground on the American Pacific coast for sevengill sharks, she said, which lends the project added urgency.

See below for more:


2005: The Ocean Channel:

Secrets of the Sevengill explores the lives of these little known, large and predatory sharks that inhabit waters surprisingly close to this small, New Zealand city. Their preference for murky water makes filming them particularly challenging, yet, also very rewarding. Never before has a film been made that attempts to better understand the lives of these animals and captures the unique behaviors that they exhibit. Unlike most shark films, Secrets of the Sevengill takes advantage of a slower pace to allow audiences to revel in fascination of the animal and the attempts by scientists and the community to understand it.

Secrets of the Seven Gill from Science Communication.