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Atlantic Bigeye Sixgill Shark

Based on my previous turtles’ predators illustration process article, I begin to do more research on sharks. So that I can illustrate it better. During the research, a picture of a hand-held baby shark attracts my attention. It is about a newfound shark species. The image led me to the Florida Tech Professor of the New Shark Species Discovered Research Team. According to the news, the researcher used longlines baited with tuna into the 2645 meters deep ocean. They collected its tissue samples and even satellite-tagged this shark.

The scientists checked the shark’s DNAs. They believe that it belongs to the prehistoric species much longer than the dinosaur age. It has a pair of huge green eyes like a cat eye but much, much bigger. Sixgills. It is a newly discovered variety of the bigeye sixgill. Can reach about 6 feet in length and have narrowly pointed heads. Bigeye sixgill shark is discovered in 1962 near Taiwan. It is first recorded in 1969 in the Bahamas.

Throughout such findings, I learn something new about sharks. Usual modern sharks have five gills only. But prehistoric sharks have six to seven gills. Now, I under the reason such sharks species receive “bigeye sixgill” name.

I observe and study the sixgill sharks’ design and its colour. Since it has a pair of huge green eyes, I changed my shark illustration colours and eyes.


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