Prehistoric Shark Specimen Captured In Australia

AnimalWirePublished: July 12, 201635,204 viewsVirality: 10%
Published: July 12, 2016

We have a very special treat for you today, and it comes in the form of a rarely seen deep-sea dweller.

This is a frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) and it spends most of its time in the deep sea. Sadly, it came up with the trawl nets set by fishermen off the coast of Lakes Entrance in southeastern Australia. The shark was caught at depths of 700 meters, which is roughly 2300 feet. These elusive creatures show up in this area from time to time, but are much more common around Japan, where they also get caught in the nets of fishermen.

This is the only way individuals can be seen, because seeing one in its natural environment is extremely rare! The clip shows clips of individuals seen off South Carolina, and another spotted near the surface of the sea off Japan. The second individual was found dying and died in a local aquarium just a few hours later.

They aren’t the biggest fish in the sea, record show they only grow up to 6 feet in length. But what they lack in size, they more than make up for in ferociousness. Their teeth are arranged in columns, instead of in rows like the other sharks and the teeth have three quite distinguishable prongs on them, which tells us that they used them to snag on the prey and swallow them whole.

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