Prehistoric shark found in Japan

January 26, 2007

I got at least 40 hits yesterday from people looking for this news article so I thought I’d post it – public service: 

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A rare frilled shark was captured live by fishermen off the coast of Japan. The toothy eel-like creature was taken to Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka where it later died according to Reuters.

The 5-foot (1.6 meter) long beast was believed to be ill because it was found in shallow waters. Generally the species, known as Chlamydoselachus anguineus, lives at a depth of 488-4550 feet (150-1400 m). It is considered a primitive shark, largely unchanged since prehistoric times.

“We believe moving pictures of a live specimen are extremely rare,” Reuters quoted an official at the park as saying. “They live between 600 and 1000 metres under the water, which is deeper than humans can go. We think it may have come close to the surface because it was sick, or else it was weakened because it was in shallow waters.”

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text and images from here

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2 Responses to “Prehistoric shark found in Japan”

  1. wow! Says:

    OHHHMMMYYYGGGOOODDD!!!

  2. River Kayaks Says:

    Wow those will be in out rivers next.


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