A team of fishermen couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw what was caught in their fishing net.
One of the rarest shark species, of which scientists talk about as a “living fossils, the frilled shark was captured by some fishermen while they were out fishing off the coast of Australia.
The strange-looking sea creature has more than 300 very sharp teeth arranged in over 25 rows.
David Guillot, one of the fishermen who captured the prehistoric shark talked about the incredible experience, saying that at first they thought they caught a big eel. When they looked closer they noticed that it wasn’t like any eel they’ve seen before.
The frilled shark was approximately 1.5 meters long and had a body unlike any other shark species. Guillot describes the shark as being something out of a horror film, saying that the creature looked alien-like and terrifying.
The frilled shark has a strange eating habit as well. It does not use its 300 teeth to chew its prey, but to keep it captive as in a cage before swallowing it whole.
Simon Boag, from the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association, explained that there is no escape from the 300 teeth arranged in 25 rows. He said that once a prey is caught in the shark’s mouth, the chances for escape are very low.
Boag joked, saying that the frilled shark is not something to show little kids because its scary appearance will give them nightmares.
The prehistoric shark gets its name from the fact that it has six pairs of gills, a trait inherited from its prehistoric ancestors.
This rare shark has origins that go back to the dinosaur era, more than 80 million years ago.
The frilled shark was recognized for the first time in 1884 when it was cataloged. The scientists called the shark “a living fossil” because its closest relative is the cow shark, which goes back 95 million years ago.
The frilled shark usually dwells in very deep waters. Fishermen once caught one at a depth of more than 1,500 meters.
The Australian fishermen caught the frilled shark while they were fishing off the Australian coast.
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