Rare 'dinosaur age' shark found in Portugal

Mindy Sparks
November 13, 2017

While it has a long slim snake-like body it has a odd circular arrangement of 300 teeth.

European Union scientists working off the coast of Portugal caught the toothy beast in a trawler net while carrying out research to "minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing".

Scientists have captured an extraordinary prehistoric animal that still lurks the depths of the oceans and is as elusive as it is scary.

Researchers were working on a project related to minimizing excessive commercial fishing when they stumbled upon the freakish creature.

The shark has a long, slim and a body similar to a snake's.

According to a press release by the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies, scientists from the country's Institute For The Sea and Atmosphere have dubbed the shark a "living fossil", as remains of the shark date back around 80 million years.


An even harder-to-spot cousin of Chlamydoselachus anguineus is Megachasma pelagios - or the megamouth shark - of which there have only been 63 confirmed sightings.

Frilled sharks are members of some of the most ancient groups of sharks that are known for having extra gills, big mouths, eyes on the side of their heads and spineless back fins.

This is mostly due to the fact that it lives at depths that are rarely ventured to by humans.

The reason people are not much aware about this weird creature is because of its rare contact with human as it lives deep down the oceans, off the coasts of Japan, New Zealand and Australia. There is also little footage of the shark in its natural habitat.

The frilled shark is found across the wide stretch of the Atlantic and in the areas near the Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, Galicia, Scotland, and Norway.

Samuel Garman, the first researcher to have studied the frilled shark, had reportedly said that the snake-like movements of the frilled shark may have inspired the sea serpent stories of sailors from yore.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER