1/22/2015

Alien-Like Terrifying Frilled Shark Captured [PHOTOS\VIDEO] Off Australia

Alien-Like Terrifying Frilled Shark Captured [PHOTOS\VIDEO] Off Australia, A rarely seen part-shark,  part-eel hideous hybrid known as a frilled shark was captured off the coast of southeastern Australia in December

The species is considered a "living fossil," and its ancestry reportedly dates back 80 million years.

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The shark was caught by a fishing trawler in waters near Lakes Entrance in the Gippsland region of the state of Victoria.
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Captain David Guillot of the Western Alliance, told Fairfax Radio he didn't quite know what to make of the three-foot-long fish that the Australian Broadcast Corporation said was "deeply unpleasant to look at."

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The creature is so rare that no one in southeastern Victoria can even remember seeing — let alone catching — the beast in the past decades, The Examiner reports.

Australia's national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), confirmed the fish to be a frilled shark.

AZ Central News reports that these powerful creatures can measure as much as 6-feet long or more, and have ancestors that date back to prehistoric times.

Frilled sharks can usually be found in cool waters, Mark Meekan, a shark biologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, told the Sydney Morning Herald

"There are usually three main spots it is found, in waters off New Zealand, near Japan and along the coast of the British Isles, down through Spain into northern Africa," Meekan said. "However, there are some maps that show distributions that encompass the Victorian coast."

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