Pacific sleeper shark

Somniosus pacificus

  • Common
  • Midwater and demersal (surface to 245 m)
  • Length to 4.3 m (14 feet)
  • Blackish brown all over or slate green with darker streak-like mottling
  • Short caudal peduncle (narrow part of a fish’s body to which the caudal or tail fin is attached)

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.