Rare Frilled Shark caught off Australia's coast

Rare Frilled Shark caught off Australia's coast

A fishing trawler caught a rare frilled shark off Australia's coast last month. The species dates back 80 million years. The shark is a 300-toothed frilled shark and has a face fitting of a sea monster.

“The head on it was like something out of a horror movie. It was quite horrific looking ... It was quite scary actually”, said David Guillot, skipper of the trawler Western Alliance. He was fishing near Lakes Entrance in Gippsland when he came across a specimen in water more than a kilometer deep.

Guillot said the shark was measured to be about 1.5 meters long and appeared like a large eel. According to him, the shark’s body was not similar to any of the sharks he has seen in his entire life.

Mark Meekan, shark biologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, said cool, temperate waters are most likely preferred by the species. The frilled shark possesses six gills on either side. The species was first described in 1884 and is known as the closest related species to the cow shark, which dates back about 95 million years.

Mr. Guillot said the shark is well capable of hunting its prey by bending its body and lunging forward like a snake.

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