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Snake-like shark from dinosaur era might scare you out of sea

Snake-like shark from dinosaur era might scare you out of sea

The prehistoric shark, called the frilled shark, is one of the oldest - nearly present since 80 million years - and reportedly the creepiest one still thriving under the ocean waters. The interesting thing was that the prehistoric frilled shark was caught alive and not in the form of fossils.

Researchers believe that the rare male fish dates back 80 million years to the 'age of the dinosaurs'.

The shark caught this summer measured around five feet in length, but at their longest can be around six-and-a-half feet, IFL Science reported. Researchers from the Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere were working on a project to "minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing" when they stumbled upon this shark.

The scientists named this creature as "Chlamydoselachus anguineus" for its gills that are of the frilled arrangement of 300 teeth, lined neatly in 25 rows. In this case, the shark was caught at a depth of 700 metres.

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The frilled and pleated teeth allowed the shark to trap squid, fish and other sharks in sudden lunges.

The reason people are not much aware about this freaky creature is because of its rare contact with human as it lives deep down the oceans, off the coasts of Japan, New Zealand and Australia. It has also been speculated that the frilled shark influenced 19th century sailors stories of sea serpents.

However, the team unknowingly unearthed one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet. Pretty much all other sharks have separate gills, but the frilled shark's first pair of gills stretch all the way across its throat.

This time, however, scientists have come across an exceptionally rare find: a living fossil.


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