Australia fishermen bumped on an expected catch – a scary frilled shark that none of them has ever seen in their many years of fishing in the waters. However, experts have said that the frilled shark is not something very new except that it usually inhabits waters far beyond the reach of fishermen. The now dead “living fossil” has been offered to a museum.
25 rows of teeth
The shark is scary in more than a few ways. It has an eel-like body with teeth packed in 25 rows in the mouth and a body that is six feet long. To the fishermen, who came across the unfamiliar shark, they thought they had discovered a new species in the world. It was a joyous, but also tense moment for them having that scary shark in the boat. Some of the fishermen who have been fishing on the Australian coast for more than 30 years said never before in their lives have they seen anything like the frilled shark.
80-year old shark?
The frilled shark has more than 300 teeth shaped like needle and arranged in 25 rows. The species of the shark dates back to about 80 million years, earning the shark the description of a “living fossil”, according to experts. The Australian fishermen caught the shark at a depth of about 2,296 feet below the surface.
The shark captures its prey in much the same ways as a snake, by bending the body.
Catching of a frilled shark is a rare occurrence because of the nature of their habitation. They are usually found at extreme depths of water in oceans. They can be found in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but catch them is a problem still because their living area is off the limits of normal fishing expedition.
The frilled shark was caught and brought to the surface alive, but didn’t live long after that.
The catching of the rare shark has attracted great attention from around the world, but no one known when another of its kind will be caught in Australian coast or elsewhere.