A few years ago on a flight out of Oakland we noticed something "sharky" below the plane. It was spring and as the plane banked back over the airport we looked down and saw "hundreds" of shark outlines in the muddy water moving slowly up and down the rock breakers at the airport. At the time we thought "these must be large Leopard Sharks".
Little did we know at the time there's a much bigger shark species lurking in San Francisco Bay.
Fast forward to last week. On a visit to our local Aquarium of the Bay, lo and behold there was the monster that we had seen in previous years from 15,000 feet...all ten feet of her!
San Francisco, CA, June 20, 2008 – Aquarium of the Bay today welcomed a nearly 10-foot long female sevengill shark, believed to be the largest of its species in captivity. The Aquarium, which conducts extensive research on sharks in the San Francisco Bay, has more than 50 sharks among its family of more than 20,000 aquatic animals.
Bringing the over 330-pound shark into Aquarium of the Bay required many skilled hands including the Aquarium’s husbandry team, as well as other Aquarium of the Bay staff members. Volunteer Steve Shirley of Team Fishfinder also played a major role in bringing the shark to the Aquarium.