Terrifying 'living fossil' caught in Australian waters

Terrifying 'living fossil' caught in Australian waters

(WVUE) - A terrifying-looking and rarely seen creature was recently caught by fishermen in the waters of south-eastern Victoria, Australia.

It's known as a frilled shark, deriving its name from the fringed appearance of its six pairs of gill slits. The shark species exhibits several primitive features and its ancestry dates back 80 million years. For these reasons, it is often referred to as a "living fossil."

According to Australian media outlets, fishermen were left scratching their heads at the sight of the creature. It had 300 teeth with a body resembling an eel. However, the creature's tail is more reminiscent of a shark. The creature's scientific name is Chlamydoselachus anguineus. Anguineus derives from the Latin term for snakelike.

The fish has a patchy distribution in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, according to the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association. The species allegedly can be found as deep as 4,900 feet, but generally lives in waters under 4,000 feet.

The specimen was caught by a trawl vessel and was near maximum length, the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association states.

For more information on the Frilled Shark, watch this short video: http://bit.ly/1ulUh4A

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