Mysterious and rare shark species of dinosaur era found on Portuguese coast


This isn't the first time that a frilled shark has been caught, previous year a fisherman called Roman Fedortsov had posted pictures of a frilled shark he caught in Russian Federation.

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.

According to the statement, the species has "a long, slim body and a head that is reminiscent of a snake" and "its biology and ecology are little known". Termed as the pre-historic shark, the creature dates back to 80 million years making it the oldest species on the planet.

The scientists who were working on a European Union Project to "minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing" captured the rare frilled shark on board in a trawler.

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The Institute for Sea and Atmosphere said the male shark is 1.5m long and has 300 needle-sharp teeth in 25 rows. The gills of the shark has frilly, fluffy edges, but the cuddly factor ends abruptly there.

Professor Margarida Castro of the University of the Algarve told news website Sic Noticias that the shark has a unique mouth shape and gets its name from the frilled arrangement of its 300 teeth. With rapid attacks, the shark sinks the sharp teeth into its prey that can be other sharks, octopuses, fishes or squids. The creature was caught at a depth of 700 meters in waters.

Its typical habitat is deep underwater in the Atlantic and off the coasts of Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Scientists should take advantage of getting the shark as a living fossil and study in details about it and also they should try to find out more of them in the unexplored regions of the sea.