Sometimes, it’s better to stop for a minute and think about the relationships that we, as humans, have with other environments. Like the ocean for example. A few millennia after and we are still to discover more than 5% of the ocean’s well-kept secrets. This is probably why, as days go by, experts continue to discover some of the most bizarre and unexpected creatures that somehow, get close enough to us to be seen. A very good example is the recently-discovered prehistoric shark with a snake head and a lot of teeth that scientists found swimming off the coast of Portugal.
It seems that this serpentine creature with crazy teeth, apart from being the stuff of nightmares, is actually a frilled shark. In fact, it is one of the oldest and creepiest creatures that are still living on this planet. This shark is so special that it survived what his contemporaries, like the T. rex and triceratops, did not. Ages and catastrophes have passed, yet the frilled shark is still swimming in very deep waters, below the surface of the oceans of our planet.
Creepy and prehistoric frilled shark discovered
The story of how this creature was first discovered stars back in November 2017, when a group of European Union scientists were analyzing the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Their mission was to find a way to decrease the number of unwanted catches in commercial fishing. However, they stumbled upon this horrifying creature that might have served as inspiration for the 19th century tales involving sea serpents.
Because the frilled shark has looked the same since the supercontinent Pangea broke up, the team immediately realized what it was. They can grow as large as six feet and have about 300 reasons to never go near it in its mouth in the form of needle-like teeth. Other than that, it has a very simple anatomy, probably because it’s so old. Still, it represents a good reason for us to try and discover more things about the ocean. Just in case.
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