Episode 3 - Sevengill Shark
About the show
In a pristine harbour at the very bottom of Stewart Island, there is a mysterious population of sharks. Host Kina Scollay and the Ocean Predators team hitch a ride on a DoC expedition ship to this remote spot to investigate. What they find is extraordinary: sevengill sharks unafraid of the camera. They circle the team underwater, and they swim straight at the lens… a little too close for comfort! They’re also not afraid to investigate host Kina where he stands in knee deep water.
This is an ancient species of shark renowned for eating prey bigger than they are. Their behaviour as a pack, fondness for lurking in the shadows, and their extraordinary jaws and teeth are key to this apex predator’s success. Here in New Zealand, while barely studied by science, sevengills bite more people than any other species of shark.
Kina has been chased out of the water by these sharks before. This time they stalk the underwater film crew just as relentlessly. But Kina and the team notice their behaviour on top of a rocky ledge. Male and female sharks appear together, nudging our host and each other. Does the appearance of fresh scars mean we’re witnessing the mating behaviour of these elusive sharks?