​Frilled Shark Captured Stuns Local Fishermen In Australia

Author: John LesterBy:
Staff Reporter
Jun. 17, 2015

A frilled shark has been captured by a terrified group of fishermen off the coast of Australia. The South East Trawl Fishing Association (SETFA) says that it’s a living fossil that originally dates back to 80 million years ago. What terrified the fishermen are the 300 razor sharp teeth that are found inside the mouth of this fish.

“It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you’re in that mouth, you’re not coming out,” Simon Boag, from SETFA, said in a statement. “Good for dentists, but it is a freaky thing. I don’t think you would want to show it to little children before they went to bed.”

As terrifying as the prehistoric shark appears, it’s an amazing catch. It was captured near Lakes Entrance in Victoria, which is also interesting because scientists say this type of species has been there for millions of years. Experts believe that there are only two species alive.

The frilled shark caught is about 6 feet in length with a body that is similar to an eel with a shark-like tail. These creatures are usually found in deeper waters. Scientists want to explore the area to find a prehistoric fish can live in this type of environment for so long.

David Guillot, a local captain, found the shark while fishing for sea perch, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

“The head on it was like something out of a horror movie. It was quite horrific looking. … It was quite scary actually,” Guillot said. He also told Fairfax Radio on Wednesday he’d never seen anything like the shark in his 30 years at sea. “I’ve seen a lot of alien-looking stuff in these waters, but nothing like this.”

The frill shark was offered as a specimen to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia. But the organization declined because it already had a specimen, SETFIA said on its website. The shark is believed to have been sold.

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