Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Prehistoric wonder

‘Living fossil’ demon shark hauled from the ocean


Fishermen in Victoria, in southeast Australia, have landed a truly rare catch — a shark known as a “living fossil” with 300 teeth and the body and face of an eel.
The crew of a fishing trawler in waters near Lakes Entrance in the state’s Gippsland region were shocked when they hauled aboard the 6½-foot-long shark, the first catch of its kind in local living memory, according to the ABC.
The CSIRO confirmed the creature was a frilled shark, a species whose ancestry dates back 80 million years and which is found regularly 5,000 feet under water. It was caught 200 feet below the surface.
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South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association
“We couldn’t find a fisherman who had ever seen one before,” Simon Boag from the South East Trawl Fishing Association said.
“It looks prehistoric, it looks like it’s from another time.”
He said it was not a shark to show your children before bed.
“It is a freaky thing. It has 300 teeth over 25 rows so once you’re in that mouth, you’re not coming out.”
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