I was diving at Redondo this morning at about 10:00 AM with my buddy Mark Nayer. We went down to the carousel boat where we found a large area of sea lettuce that was covered in Hooded Nudibranchs. We spent several minutes poking through the sea lettuce photographing the nudibranchs, then I signaled to Mark that we should should head back upslope. As we started to move I was looking down at the sea lettuce, then I looked up and found myself nose to nose with a 7-8 foot six gill shark!
I yelled for Mark and quickly took the one picture here. All I had was my macro lens so I couldn't do anything but get quickly get one closeup. As I took the photo the shark kept coming even closer, I think it was fascinated with my focus light on my left strobe. It was clearly going to swim right into me so I gently pushed its nose with the lens port of my camera.
The shark then backed off and started a leisurely swim away. It had an enormous thresher-shark type tail and was much bigger overall than I originally thought. I then turned to Mark and got his attention (he too was engrossed in the sea lettuce). Mark yelled out as he saw it and swam towards the shark as it was moving away. Clearly this shark was following us for awhile while we were poking around and then became curious about my focus light.
Mark had a camera setup that was better for wide angles than mine, so I'll try to post some of his pictures as he gets them uploaded. You never know what you'll see at Redondo!