When you lay your eyes on the image of this undersea creature, your heat may palpitate, your palms sweat and the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Since the dawning of human history, people around the world have told tales about the demons of the deep blue sea that terrorize ships and sailors. But in the 21st century, many people have learned to not believe such stories.
Because modern science has given us the feeling that there is nothing left to discover on this great vast planet, we think we know it all. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Scientists have no idea what could be lurking under the surface of the ocean. The possibilities are unlimited. There could be numerous species of sharks and deep-sea fish and crustaceans that have yet to be found.
But now, a creature as strange as the sea stories and monster myths that have come out of communities along the oceans has been caught for the first time. The rare frilled shark, which is a species of shark, but looks to have the long body of a snake, was found off the Algarve coast. This area is Portugal’s southernmost region and home to a temperate climate.
The Shark Trust exposed the great catch on Twitter writing, “Get the facts about the strange frilled shark caught in Portugal.”
And as these images circulate on social media, people across the globe are stunned. To think that this ancient shark was caught is a miracle.
Measuring in at four feet 9 inches long this shark species first originated on earth 80 million years ago. This fact means the frilled shark enjoyed the oceans at the same time as the dinosaurs ruled the land.
Humans have seen this shark before, but only a handful of times. The first observation was back in 2004 when it was spotted off the southeastern coast of the United States.
The one that found off Portugal was 2,300 feet below the surface of the water. Frilled sharks love the deep, dark ocean depths.
Other encounters with the shark were found around this depth but never below 3,300 feet under the surface.
Another popular sighting was in Japan back in 2007. Seven years later in December 2014, a frilled shark was spotted in Australia, and another was found in Tokyo Bay in April 2017.
While scientists know a little bit about the frilled shark’s favorite habitat, not much else is known. We do know the shark is demonically scary. It has the body of a snake and the head of a shark.
According to the professor Margarida Castro from the University of the Algarve, the frilled shark’s name is derived from the way this underwater predator’s 300 teeth are arranged within its mouth.
Take one look at this beast, and you could have nightmares. I know it is terrifying enough to scare me! Just one look at this bad boy and I’m shaking. I doubt I could hold my own with it if I saw it in the wild.
What do you make of this spotting of the prehistoric frilled shark?