Rare frill shark caught in Australia

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Rare Frill Shark Caught In Australia

Most shark reports concern the more common varieties, but there are more than 400 known species of sharks, and some of them are very rare.

Frilled sharks, often called 'living fossils' are one of those lesser-known species -- and a man in Australia recently caught one. A spokesman for the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association said that the catch is the first local sighting he's learned about.

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Tiburón prehistorico filmado vivo en Japón
NUMAZU, JAPAN - JANUARY 21: In this handout picture released by Awashima Marine Park, a 1.6 meter long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu, on January 21, 2007 in Numazu, Japan. The frill shark, also known as a Frilled shark usually lives in waters of a depth of 600 meters and so it is very rare that this shark is found alive at sea-level. It's body shape and the number of gill are similar to fossils of sharks which lived 350,000,000 years ago. (Photo by Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images)
NUMAZU, JAPAN - JANUARY 21: In this handout picture released by Awashima Marine Park, a 1.6 meter long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu, on January 21, 2007 in Numazu, Japan. The frill shark, also known as a Frilled shark usually lives in waters of a depth of 600 meters and so it is very rare that this shark is found alive at sea-level. It's body shape and the number of gill are similar to fossils of sharks which lived 350,000,000 years ago. (Photo by Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images)
NUMAZU, JAPAN - JANUARY 21: In this handout picture released by Awashima Marine Park, a 1.6 meter long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu, on January 21, 2007 in Numazu, Japan. The frill shark, also known as a Frilled shark usually lives in waters of a depth of 600 meters and so it is very rare that this shark is found alive at sea-level. It's body shape and the number of gill are similar to fossils of sharks which lived 350,000,000 years ago. (Photo by Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images)
Illustration of Frill shark or Frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus)
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The frilled shark has about 300 needle-like teeth, which are spread out in 25 rows. Experts believe the species is about 80 million years old. They have a prehistoric look about them with a long brown body that resembles an eel's and eyes that look glazed over.

While speaking to Tom Elliott on Radio 3AW, the man who caught the rarely spotted frilled shark remarked, "I've been at sea for thirty years, and I've never seen a shark look like that. The head on it was like something out of a horror movie. It was quite horrific looking."

Speaking of terrifying sharks, check out the 'cookie cutter':

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Cookie Cutter Shark
Mexico, Isla Guadalupe, California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), note the large round cookie cutter shark bite scar
Mexico, Isla Guadalupe, California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), note the large round cookie cutter shark bite scar
Mexico, Isla Guadalupe, California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), note the large round cookie cutter shark bite scar
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