Sixgill shark

Hexanchus griseus

  • Common
  • Demersal (to 2,307 m)
  • Length to 4.8 m (16 feet)
  • Dark brown or grey on top, nearly black in some specimens, somewhat paler below
  • Six gill slits on each side, all long
  • Two rows of teeth, moderate-sized in upper jaw, larger in lower jaw
  • Listed as Special Concern under the Species at Risk Act

Everyone that encounters a Basking Shark, Bluntnose Sixgill Shark, Tope Shark, or any other shark species in BC (with the exception of North Pacific Spiny Dogfish) is encouraged to document and report the encounter to DFO.