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Rare, Deep-Dwelling Shark Caught in Australia

Fisherman working the deep sea off Victoria, Australia recently caught a 6.5 foot long frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus), a first for the area. This eel-like shark's ancestry dates back 80 million years and it is sometimes referred to as a "living fossil." The species is thought to be a possible explanation for sea serpent stories of old. The frilled shark prefers deep water; because of that preference, captures of it are exceedingly rare. The specimen shown here was caught at a depth of 2,297 feet.

Read more about this rare catch and see additional pictures here.

Images Credit: SETFIA

 


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