Prehistoric Shark From Dinosaur Age Caught Off The Coast Of Portugal

Posted: Nov 12 2017, 3:22am CST | by , Updated: Nov 12 2017, 3:26am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Prehistoric Shark from Dinosaur Age Caught off the Coast of Portugal
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The bizzare creature is 5 feet long and has hundreds of razor-sharp teeth

People find all sorts of unusual things from the ocean like rare fish species or even garbage, but a team of Portuguese researchers have hauled up something perhaps never before seen by a man. They have captured a frilled shark ‘from the age of the dinosaurs’ off the coast of Algarve.

Researchers were working on a project related to minimizing excessive commercial fishing when they stumbled upon the bizarre creature. The shark was found at a depth of 2,300 feet off the resort of Portimao and measures 5 feet in length. It date backs around 80 million years, which makes it one of the oldest species still around today.

The frilled shark has hundreds of razor-sharp teeth in its mouth that allow it to firmly hold its prey. With these sets of teeth, the shark look extremely frightening. In fact, the shark gets its name from the frilled arrangment of teeth. According to the Portugal News Online, the species has “a long, slim body and a head that is reminiscent of a snake” and “its biology and ecology are little known”.

Frilled sharks are called also ‘living fossils’ because they have barely changed from the prehistoric times. These sharks are found all across the Atlantic but they are rarely seen by humans. That is because they live in depths of the ocean. They are sometimes caught accidently in fishing nets but they do not live long outside their natural habitat.

Since frilled sharks exist in deep sea, their exact population is also unknown. Their inaccessibility leaves researchers with many questions to answer.

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