Dinosaurs are longtime extinct and we’re only reminded by them through their fossils. However, it doesn’t mean that every creature from that era met the same fate. Did you know that a prehistoric shark still exist? Yes, it exist and it’s called “Frilled Shark“, but don’t worry it isn’t monstrous as it sounds. The fact is, it can only it can only reaches a length of 6.6 ft (2m).
Frilled shark has an elongated, eel-like body and has long been likened to the mythical sea serpent.
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This so-called “living fossil” whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago is believed to be far older than the dinosaur.
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But the most interesting feature of this shark is its teeth. It has 300 unique needle-sharp teeth with over 25 rows. Whoa!
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The frilled shark’s teeth and overly exposed spiky pair of six gills are not something to be scared about. But what’s so haunting about this rare shark is, it’s been living in the deepest part of the sea for millions of years, yet humans only discovered it in 1879.
Scientists say it’s possible that this strange creature has been lurking around the deep for 380 million years.
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In 2007, a 5.2 ft long frilled shark was captured on film by a Japanese fisherman. It was brought to Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, unfortunately it died after a few hours.
While in 2014, David Guillot caught a 1.5 metre frilled shark while fishing near the Lakes Entrance in Victoria, Australia.
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The shark was taken to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, where its identification was confirmed.
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