'Look at the shark!': Divers captivated with new fish fail to notice giant shark hovering above

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Monday, October 1, 2018
Divers don't notice giant shark watching them work
Divers from the California Academy of Sciences were so captivated by the discovery of a bright new fish species in Brazil that they failed to notice the giant shark swimming above them.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Have you ever been so fascinated by something or someone that you notice nothing else around you? That's exactly what happened to two divers in Brazil.[br /][br /][b]RELATED: [url HREF="https://abc7news.com/shark-attack-at-beach-in-socal-leaves-child-hospitalized/4368891/" TARGET="" REL=""]Shark attack at beach in Encinitas leaves child hospitalized[/url][/b][br /][br /]They were so captivated by the discovery of a bright new fish species that they failed to notice the giant shark swimming above them.[br /][Ads /][br /]The [url HREF="https://www.calacademy.org/press/releases/scientific-divers-from-the-california-academy-of-sciences-discover-new-species-of" TARGET="" REL=""]California Academy of Sciences[/url] in San Francisco shared [url HREF="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSZrmoEwR0Q" TARGET="" REL=""]video [/url]of the encounter along with a message.[br /][br /]"That feeling when your science-obsessed colleagues won't look up long enough to notice the 8- to 10-foot shark directly overhead," said the Academy.[br /][br /][b]RELATED: [url HREF="https://abc7news.com/pets-animals/shark-warnings-issued-at-beaches-after-multiple-sightings/3639267/[br /]" TARGET="" REL=""]Shark warnings issued at beaches after multiple sightings[/url][/b][br /][br /]Officials say scientific divers from the California Academy of Sciences were looking Tosanoides aphrodite.[br /][br /]"A fish so beautiful it makes you blind to the enormous shark watching you work, tweeted the Academy.[br /][Ads /][br /]The video was taken on a recent expedition to the remote Brazilian archipelago of St. Paul's Rocks.[br /][b][br /]VIDEO: [url HREF="https://abc7news.com/weather/great-white-shark-gets-up-close-and-personal-with-fisherman/1435772/" TARGET="" REL=""]This great white shark gets up close and personal with a fisherman[/url][/b][br /][br /]"This is one of the most beautiful fishes I've ever seen," says Dr. Luiz Rocha, the Academy's Curator of Fishes and co-leader of the Hope for Reefs initiative. "It was so enchanting it made us ignore everything around it."[br /][br /]In the video, the team's dive safety officer tries his best to tell the crews "look at the shark!" but to no avail. The sixgill shark eventually swims away.[br /][br /]The new fish description is published in [url HREF="https://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=27382" TARGET="" REL=""]Zookeys[/url].