Monday, November 13, 2017

Dinosaur-Age Shark with 300 'Frilled' Teeth Caught in Deep Sea

Forget about the minuscule odds of spotting Ahab's white whale: Sightings of the frilled shark, a so-called "living fossil" that has elusively swum around Earth's deep waters since the age of the dinosaurs, may been an even rarer find. Deep-sea fishermen recently spotted the snake-like shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) in a pile of fish that unintentionally caught, known as bycatch, while they were fishing off the coast of Portugal. The shark died, but the fishermen handed it over to a research vessel, where scientists could study it, according to Boy Genius Report (BGR), a news site. The examination gave scientists a close-up look at the shark's roughly 300 three-pointed teeth, which it uses to grab and kill prey, including fish, squid and other sharks. The roughly 5-foot-long (1.5 meters) shark has barely changed in the past 80 million years, earning it a "living fossil" title. These sharks have an incredibly long gestation period lasting between one and two years — a period almost on a par with that of an elephant, according to the IUCN. Moreover, like an elephant calf, these shark pups aren't small...more


Anonymous said...

Do you mean to say that not all unknown species have been eradicated by man? Wow! No telling what is left for discovery. But we better hurry because man caused climate change is in effect...just ask the fake scientists, movie actors, used up politicians, etc.

Anonymous said...

...yeah..we better hurry up and cover all the farm and ranch lands with strip malls and protect the earth from climate change.