HOLY COW!

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Scuba Diving - - ASCEND - PHOTO BY TOBIAS FRIEDRICH

Broad­nose se­v­engill sharks — No­to­rynchus ce­pe­di­anus — are known by some as cow sharks, maybe for their plod­ding, me­thod­i­cal way of mov­ing through shal­low coastal waters. This al­lows divers in hot spots such as South Africa to re­ally take in the majesty of these fish: Se­vengills are closely re­lated to an­cient sharks that thrived around 300 mil­lion years ago. Keep a keen eye out in cold-wa­ter habi­tats such as this bull kelp for­est. While most sharks have five gill slits, broad­nose se­vengills stand out.

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