We had just turned the dive and was on our way back on an until then uneventful dive, and were heading southbound along the west side of Syd Hällsö when all of a sudden a shark appeared in front of us.
It’s not uncommon to see them this time of year, especially on night dives. The ones I have seen have been swimming, and only offered short glimpses, and I’ve never even got close to a photo opportunity.
This one was lying completely still on the sloping bottom. And it didn’t move as we slowly approached. We even had time to position my buddy on the opposite side for better composition and lighting.
Eventually, it took off. A gracious turn, going head to head with my buddy, passing over his shoulder, nearly whipping him in the face with its tail fin before disappearing into the abyss. An absolutely amazing experience.
The spiny dogfish, spurdog, mud shark, or piked dogfish (Squalus acanthias) is one of the best-known species of the Squalidae (dogfish) family of sharks, which is part of the Squaliformes order. While these common names may apply to several species, Squalus acanthias is distinguished by having two spines (one anterior to each dorsal fin) and lacks an anal fin. It is found mostly in shallow waters and further offshore in most parts of the world, especially in temperate waters.