MELBOURNE — An 80-million-year-old frilled shark was caught in the waters off Australia earlier this week.
Fisherman David Guillot caught the creature that is known to the science community, but not the general public, Fox 31 reported. The shark has an eel-like body and a shark-like tail. It has six sets of gill slits and 300 teeth.
A radio station spoke to Guillot, the captain of the Western Alliance Vessell, about unique catch. The veteran fisherman said the shark was unlike any fish.
“The body was quite different to any other shark I’d ever seen,” he said.
Frilled sharks are usually found as deep as 5,100 feet below the ocean’s surface.
According to the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association, this “living fossil” is one of only two remaining species of its ancient family.
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