Fishermen in Victoria, Australia were in for an ancient treat when they reeled in a prehistoric-looking rare sea creature from the water. They concluded the strange fish looked to be an eel mixed with a shark.
Unknowingly, they captured a very rare frilled shark, which is sometimes referred to as the “living fossil.” The creature’s ancestry goes back roughly 80 million years and is rarely ever seen.
”It does look 80 million years old. It looks prehistoric, it looks like it’s from another time!” a staffer with the South East Trawl Fishing Association, Simon Boag said, adding that it “has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you’re in that mouth, you’re not coming out.”
The creature was confirmed to be a frilled shark by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).