Dinosaur era shark with snake-like body discovered by scientists


Off the Algarve coast off Portugal, a group of researchers working on an European Union project have come across a Cretaceous-era frilled shark, one that has miraculously survived for over 80 million years. Researchers from the Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere were working on a project to "minimise unwanted catches in commercial fishing" when they stumbled upon this shark. Scientists only know that these are one of the creepiest creatures existing beneath the ocean surface.

Scientists believe the frilled shark has remained the same, both inside and out, since the Cretaceous Period, when the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops still roamed the planet. The creature was caught at a depth of 700 meters in waters.

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The male shark with a long, slim, snakelike body was captured at a depth of 701 metres off the sea that measured 1.5 metres in length.

The frilled shark has rarely been encountered alive, and thus poses no danger to humans, although scientists have accidentally cut themselves examining the species teeth. In total, the shark has six pairs of gills that have "frilly" edges. It has also been speculated that the frilled shark influenced 19th century sailors stories of sea serpents.

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The frilled shark's mouth gives an appearance of it being bigger in size than other sharks; however, this is because the mouth stretches to the back of its head instead of ending beneath the skull.

Professor Margarida Castro of the University of the Algarve told Sic Noticias that the shark gets its name from its frilled arrangement of 300 teeth, which allows the shark "to trap squid, fish and other sharks in sudden lunges". For any further need, you can take notes.

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