A frilled shark was caught by some trawlers in Australia the other day and has the internet, buzzing. It is one seriously prehistoric looking fish, right out of a horror movie. The fish is roughly 80 million years old, the species, not this particular fish. Essentially it is a living fossil, which is something my grandmother used to say to my grandfather, and now I think I get that joke. Though from the looks of this one (frilled shark) I would go with that age. “It was like a large eel, probably 1.5 meters [about 5 feet] long, and the body was quite different to any other shark I’d ever seen,” according to fisherman David Guillot “The head on it was like something out of a horror movie. It was quite horrific looking.” Some of us would classify this fish under the category … hell-no-I-am-not-going-in-that-water-ever-again. Not to worry these fish live at depths of several hundred to several thousand feet, so swimming with frilled sharks is not going to be too thrilling, or at least not that long for the average human.
“It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you’re in that mouth, you’re not coming out,” according to SETFIA’s Simon Boag. “Good for dentists, but it is a freaky thing. I don’t think you would want to show it to little children before they went to bed.” (Who would do that? okay, well … maybe we would) As far as anyone has been able to determine (in Australia) no one has ever caught one of these before. However, one was kept in a saltwater pool in Japan in 2007, which makes us wonder, if no one has ever caught one before, where did that one come from? Fortunately these creatures live so deep and in areas that are off limits to trawlers that we may never see another one of these caught again, somehow I doubt that, but that is what is being said. This thing looks like the baby aliens that exploded out of people’s chests in that movie. You just never know what is going to be found in the ocean next. Tune in next week when we go deep dropping for Godzilla, and fly fishing with Mothra.