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13 November 2017, 12:54 | Justin Tyler
Rarely seen 'living fossil' frilled shark caught off Algarve coast
An ancient and rare frilled shark has been found alive off the coast of Portugal, puzzling researchers over its survival.
The shark has been dubbed as the "living fossil" by scientists from the country's Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere, since its remains date back 80 million years.
After noticing the creature's odd appearance, the commercial fishermen handed it over to a research team from the Institute for the Sea and Atmospheres, who were working on a project to decrease unwanted catches in commercial fishing. Scientists said that its prehistoric contemporaries like T-rex and triceratops died out long ago, but this frilled shark is still swimming around deep below the surface of the world's ocean.
A Japanese study of the shark found in Suruga Bay, Japan, revealed that its diet is 61 percent cephalopods-the class to which squids and octopus belong.
The discovery of the shark - a male 1.5 metres in length (5ft) and caught at a depth of 700 metres (2,300ft) off the resort of Portimao - was considered a rare find. Scientists have named the species as Chlamydoselachus anguineus, because of its gill arrangement with 300 teeth. The gills of the shark has frilly, fluffy edges, but the cuddly factor ends abruptly there. It has also been speculated that the frilled shark influenced 19th century sailors stories of sea serpents. There are a lot of things to that are unknown about this rare and unique frilled shark.
According to the statement, the species has "a long, slim body and a head that is reminiscent of a snake" and "its biology and ecology are little known".
There's no way you will ever come face-to-face with a living frilled shark.
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