Bizarre prehistoric frilled shark with 300 TEETH known as ‘living fossil’ is found

Known as the ‘living fossil’, the frilled shark dates back millions of years and fishermen were stunned to spot the rare species in 2017

A prehistoric shark caught in Portugal offered a glimpse of a rarely seen species
The prehistoric frilled shark is a species that is rarely seen

A prehistoric shark with 300 teeth offers an incredible glimpse into a rarely seen species.

The frilled shark has been swimming in the ocean depths since the time of the dinosaurs and is often called a “living fossil” because the fish have changed little in the 80 million years that they have lived on earth.

In 2017, fishermen were stunned to spot the rare creature as it was pulled out of the sea from more than 2,000 feet below the surface near Portugal.

With 300 teeth and a long and slender body, the shark – a distant cousin of other sharks like the great white – has been described as “resembling a snake”. National Geographic.

Speaking to SIC Noticisas TV at the time, researchers said they were running a European Union project to minimize the unwanted catch generated by commercial fishing when they stumbled upon one of the world’s rarest catches.

A rare frilled shark caught off the Algarve coast


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The fish found was measured at around 5 feet in length and pictures shared online show hundreds of intimidating-looking teeth and a long and thin body.

Though images of its intimidating fangs are shared online, knowledge of the rarely seen creature suggests they pose the biggest threat to other fish – they have an opening jaw to capture larger prey.

National Geographic reports that in a Explanation published by the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere, they found that little is actually known about the species.

It has been found in waters across the Atlantic and in waters off the coasts of Japan and Australia, but because the shark lives at extreme depths and is actually rarely caught, scientists aren’t sure how many there are in the population.

However, fossils of the same species have been found dating back millions of years.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the frilled shark as a species of Least Concern, but it has been found that increasing commercial deep-sea fishing may actually increase the likelihood of the frilled shark becoming an unwanted catch.

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