Shark Dating Back to 800 Million Years Found Swimming Offcoast of Portugal

Pablo Tucker
November 13, 2017

We all love oceans but it is quite uncommon to come across prehistoric creatures swimming across the oceans, on the other hand, it was a lucky day for the Portuguese Scientists who caught a shark aboard belonging to the age of dinosaurs from the Algarve cast.

A group of scientists working on an European Union research and conservation mission captured a terrifying-looking shark off the Algarve coast in August - but struggled to identify it, until now.

The male shark with a long, slim, snakelike body was captured at a depth of 701 metres off the sea that measured 1.5 metres in length.

According to a press release by the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies, scientists from the country's Institute For The Sea and Atmosphere have dubbed the shark a "living fossil", as remains of the shark date back around 80 million years.

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.

The group of scientists caught the frilled shark at a depth of 700 metres while working on a project to minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing. The shark has six pair of gills which is frilly edges. The Shark is said to get its name from the frilled arrangement of its 300 teeth.

The reason people are not much aware about this freaky creature is because of its rare contact with human as it lives deep down the oceans, off the coasts of Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

The frilled and pleated teeth allowed the shark to trap squid, fish and other sharks in sudden lunges.

However, the team unknowingly unearthed one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet.

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