As we all know, the world still holds quite a lot of mysteries that are yet to be unfolded. The underwater world holds a bunch of them for sure. One such mystery has been uncovered by a fisherman in Australia. Take a look below at what he found:
The bizarre-looking creature above is a rare type of shark known as a frilled shark, and is sometimes called a fish “fossil” because its roots can be traced back 80 million years, according to CNN.
The fisherman himself, David Guillot, said the creature was actually scary, horrific-looking. He was fishing for dory and sea perch near Lakes Entrance in Gippsland, off the southeastern coast of Victoria, when he dredged up the unusual fish from water nearly a mile (1.1 kilometers) deep.
The shark was about 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) long, Guillot said. It was so strange-looking that he originally thought it was a new species.
The creature has 25 rows of teeth (about 300 in total) shaped like backwards needles. It usually eats squid and octopus, and can extend its jaw to swallow prey that is more than half its size, according to Australian The Age. The shark’s body resembles an eel’s, and can turn back on itself.
Frilled sharks (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) are normally found at extreme depths in cool, temperate waters off the coast of New Zealand and Japan. The fish can also be found between the coasts of the British Isles through Spain to northern Africa.
These creatures are rarely caught, because their habitat is usually in areas where fishing is prohibited, but sometimes frilled sharks can be found in Taiwanese fish markets, according to scientists.
The frilled shark was first described in 1884, and its closest relative, the cow shark, dates back about 95 million years, The Age reported.
Frilled sharks have extremely long pregnancies because their embryos grow only about a half-inch (1.4 centimeters) each month. A typical frilled-shark pregnancy is estimated to last about 3.5 years.