Christine LaMuse on #TheFrilledShark

HeHeHehEheH If that was comin at me I wouldn’t know whether
to Turn n Swim
Or Layback and Spread My Legs

The 300-toothed frilled shark is one of the most primitive sharks on Earth, dating back 80 million years

Fishermen in Australia got a shock this week when they pulled up their nets to find a rarely seen shark species that dates back 80 million years.

Known as a living fossil, the frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) was named for its six pairs of frilly-like gill slits and is one of the most primitive sharks in existence.

Frilled shark caught by a trawl vessel off the coast of Australia

Looking more like an eel, the snake-like shark reaches a length of 6.5 feet (2 meters). It uses its 300 sharp, trident shaped teeth arranged in 25 rows to capture boney fish and other sharks. It then uses its flexible jaws to swallow its prey whole.

The South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association, which first announced the discovery, said the fish was caught at a depth of 2,300 feet by a trawler off Australia.

Frilled shark
  • The frilled shark is one of two extant species of shark in the family Chlamydoselachidae, with a wide but patchy distribution in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This rare species is found over the outer continental shelf and upper continental slope, generally near the bottom, though there is evidence of substantial upward movements…
  • en.wikipedia.org