Frill Shark “living fossil” found alive in Australia

January 22, 2015 8:02 PM

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Frill Shark “living fossil” found alive in Australia

It's time again to cover your kids' eyes and make certain you don't have a heart condition, because the animal you're about to see is terrifying. This is the Chlamydoselachus anguineus, or "Frilled Shark", so named for its six pairs of "frill like gills." One of these beasts was found earlier this month near Lakes Entrance in Gippsland, Australia. This animal is one of two living species from a genus of shark that's nearly extinct. This family of sharks has existed since the Cretaceous epoch, 72-million years ago.

While it's not entirely clear how the shark was brought onboard the fishing vessel it was photographed on, fishermen suggest that it would not have survived the drop back into the water once brought above the surface.

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