Recently, a species of shark that is rarely seen alive was captured just south of Tokyo.
This is a 5 foot long female frilled shark, sometimes referred to as a, “living fossil” because it is a primitive species that has changed little since prehistoric times. Seeing a shark like this is extremely rare because it lives so deep (about 2,000 ft.) humans are not capable of going that far down. This shark feeds on other sharks with its needle sharp teeth.
This odd looking yet fascinating creature died just a few hours after she was caught and brought into a salt water pool. The shark appeared to be in poor condition before it had been caught which explain what she was doing in shallower waters. Frilled sharks are sometimes caught in nets of trawlers but rarely ever seen alive.
I Wonder What Else Is Down There
There are such odd looking creatures that live in the deepest part of oceans, that we as humans can never see. This is so fascinating because I wonder what else lives there, and how big they are. I guess I will never know.