Divers have once in a lifetime encounter with elusive oldest shark in world

A group of divers recently came face-to-face with one of the most elusive sharks on the planet.

Garrett Clement, Danton West, Connor McTavish and Matteo Endrizzi got up-close and personal with a sixgill shark, also known as the cow shark, in the waters around Vancouver Island, Canada.

Breath-taking footage of the sixgill – the oldest shark species that still exists – was captured near a shipwreck and uploaded to the Uncharted Odyssey YouTube channel.

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Clement told Newsweek: "When I first saw the shark I knew exactly what it was and that this was going to be an encounter I may only get once in my life.

"When the shark turned for the first time and started swimming directly at me I could feel my heart skip a beat because not only was I going to be able to see this elusive animal, but I was also going to capture it in a way not many people have.

"There is a very good chance we were the first humans it had ever seen and it wanted a good look at us."

Sixgill sharks actually predate most dinosaurs and are notable for still having extremely primitive features. They can grow to be 20ft in length and are found in tropical and temperate waters worldwide – primarily in deeper waters, hence sightings are extremely rare.

The shark the divers spotted was around 6ft-long, meaning that they suspect it was a juvenile.

They were able to get close to the shark as it doesn't pose a direct threat to humans. According to the International Shark Attack File, there has been only one attack on a human since the 1500s – and it was provoked.

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