SYDNEY: A living fossil, that’s what you can say about the frilled shark, whose roots are 80 million years ago.
The animal whose origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal’s closest relatives are long extinct.
Recently, an Australian fisherman, David Guillot had caught this rare animal near Australia cost. it was about 1.5 meters long and looks very similar to eel. But the body was quite different to any other shark.
The catch was announced by the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association, which said it couldn’t find anyone who had ever caught one before.
“It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you’re in that mouth, you’re not coming out,” the SETFIA’s Simon Boag tells the ABC. “Good for dentists, but it is a freaky thing. I don’t think you would want to show it to little children before they went to bed.”
The animals are believed to live at depths of between several hundred and several thousand feet. They’ve rarely been seen in their natural environment, and a rare living specimen, caught in Japan in 2007, died soon after it was put in a large seawater pool.