One group of fishermen in Australia found something in their nets they didn’t expect this week. A frilled shark. The shark, its official name is Chlamydoselachus anguineus, can grow up to 6 feet long. It sports 300 needle-shaped teeth in 25 rows.
The name ‘frilled’ comes from its six pairs of long gill slits which are described as “frilly” in appearance.
Simon Boag, of the South East Trawl Fishing Association, described it best to Australia’s ABC Rural (check out the link for pics of the caught shark) – “It’s a freaky thing. I don’t think you would want to show it to little children before they went to bed.”
Hell, I don’t want to see it. That thing looks like it could chomp your leg off in one bite.
Boag says he’s been at sea for 30 years and “never seen a shark that looks like that.”
Catching a frilled shark is incredibly rare. The sharks are often referred to as ‘living fossils’ due to their primitive looking features.
While rarely ever seen due to the depths it lives in, frilled sharks may capture prey by contorting its body and lunging forward like a snake.
Here’s a video from Discovery’s 2013 Shark Week showing a live frilled shark.
Man, that is one creepy looking shark.
I bet Syfy is looking at the picture of it and are thinking how they can turn it into a terrible movie.