A fossil of a frilled shark has been found in Australia by fishermen, taking everybody’s breath away in seconds. The rare frilled shark is has been recognized by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as being Clamydoselachus anguineus. Caught in a net and left there waiting, the beautiful creature with 300 teeth made the waters of Victoria, Australia, very famous in only one day. The Telegraph chose the story as a top priority.
Simon Boag, CEO of the South East Trawl Fishing Association, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that there is no other fisherman who ever claimed to see the shark before. He also thinks that the creatures looks prehistoric, having the outstanding age of 80 million years old and it is not an exaggeration, because due to its appearance, the animal really resembles the species that existed in that period of time.
The characteristics alone is enough to give you shivers: two meters in length, dark brown bodies, shaped as an eel, six pair of frilly gill slits and 300 teeth that are organized in over 25 rows. The depth of the water where this creature was known to be found is 1.200 meters, but this one in particular was hiding at 1.570 meters underwater. Even if the grand majority of sharks like this remain 2 meters length, the California-based MarineBio Conservation Society says that there is another specimen of giant shark of 7.6 meters, that is considered a sea serpent.
Wikipedia describes the frilled shark as follows:
The head is broad and flattened with a short, rounded snout. The nostrils are vertical slits, separated into in-current and ex-current openings by a leading flap of skin. The moderately large eyes are horizontally oval and lack nictitating membranes (protective third eyelids).
Such a dark description has been born in the eyes of everyone who saw the animal themselves, stating to the press that the creature is “quite horrific”, “quite different to any other shark I’d ever seen”, “it’s a freaky thing”, “The head on it was like something out of a horror movie”.
A similar case of discovery happened in 2007 in Japan, where a 1.6 meter frilled shark was found by fishermen, but it dies in a couple of hours after being relocated to a marine park. Scientists say that these creatures swim on the surface of the water only if they are sick, so there two must have had something going on.
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