An extremely uncommon shark stated to be from the age of dinosaurs has been caught off the coast of certainly one of Britons’ favorite vacation spots.
The frilled shark – described as a “living fossil” as a result of the species dates again to prehistoric occasions – shocked scientists when it was hauled onto a industrial trawler.
The snake-like fish has rows of a whole bunch of razor-sharp enamel and isn’t seen by people.
Researchers say the species dates again 80 million years – certainly one of few creatures to nonetheless exist from that period – and is believed to have impressed sailors’ tales of sea serpents.
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The male fish was hauled on board a badysis vessel off Portugal’s Algarve coast in August.
Scientists had been engaged on an EU mission which goals to guard “unwanted catches” from industrial fishing boats.
Portugal’s Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere stated the five-foot lengthy fish was caught at a depth of two,300ft off Portimao.
It stated the species resides all through the Atlantic – together with Scottish waters – however it’s not often captured as a result of it lives at such nice depths.
It has additionally been discovered within the Pacific.
Researchers hope the invention will shed extra gentle on the species, as little or no is thought about it.
University of Algarve Professor Margarida Castro informed Sic Noticias that the shark will get its identify from the frilled badociation of its 300 enamel.
The enamel enable the shark to entice its prey – together with squid, fish and different sharks – in “sudden lunges”.