Rare Frilled Shark With 300 Teeth Captured in Australia

Jan 21, 2015 | written by:

 

We’ve shown that there are plenty of terrifying and mysterious creatures lurking in the depths of the ocean. Some are rare, but perhaps not as rare as the shark found by a fisherman in the waters of Victoria, Australia. This specimen of shark that was found, a frilled shark, is not very big, and is formed more like an eel, but it has 300 teeth arranged in 25 rows. To put that in a little bit more of perspective, the Great Shark has 50 teeth. Perhaps it isn’t necessary to point out, but anything being caught by the frilled shark is not going anywhere!

This shark has been deemed the “living fossil” by the media because this specimen has ancestors dating back to 80 million years ago. Although this creature has been already known by scientists, no fisherman on the job, some that have been on the job for about 30 years, had ever seen anything like it before. At 6 feet in length, the creature is shaped like an eel but clearly has a tail resembling a shark.

The reason that the frilled shark is so rarely found may well because trawling is closed off to sea levels deeper than 700 meters, where this particular shark was found. The frilled shark is thought to be found as deep as 1,500 meters.

Photo by SETFIA.ORG.AU

 

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