Dinosaur-Era Shark With 300 Teeth Still Swims the Ocean


The prehistoric shark, called the frilled shark, is one of the oldest - nearly present since 80 million years - and reportedly the creepiest one still thriving under the ocean waters. Having to encounter a shark has always been on top of my list, and that was before I saw this newly-discovered prehistoric shark that sports over 300 teeth! The rare frill shark, said to be from the dinosaur era, was being caught along the Algarve coast in Portugal.

There's no way you will ever come face-to-face with a living frilled shark. The creature is mostly unevolved due to the lack of nutrients available in deep-sea dwellings. The interesting thing was that the prehistoric frilled shark was caught alive and not in the form of fossils.

Furthermore, the study showed that the species have around 42 months of gestation, the longest of any known creature.

The shark, which has a long, slim, snake-like body, is "little known in terms of its biology or environment", according to the scientists, because it lives at great depths in the Atlantic and off the coasts of Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Scientists only know that these are one of the creepiest creatures existing beneath the ocean surface. In total, the shark has six pairs of gills that have "frilly" edges.

The frilled shark's snake-like movements and elongated, eel-like body is said to have inspired sailors' stories of sea serpents, after Samuel Garman first studied the shark in 1884.

The researchers believe that the animal has remained unchanged over the millions of years, and how it managed to survive unchanged when nearly all species were wiped out or forced to evolve to survive is a mystery.

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