Video of The Frilled Shark, Prehistoric Shark Caught off the Coast of Japan!

Video of The Frilled Shark, Prehistoric Shark Caught off the Coast of Japan!

Video of The Frilled Shark, Prehistoric Shark Caught off the Coast of Japan!

Video of The Frilled Shark, Prehistoric Shark Caught off the Coast of Japan!

A video of the Frilled shark, an eel-like fish with ruffled gills, was filmed in 2007 after it was caught by a fisherman off the coast of Shizuoka, Japan. The fisherman immediately contacted the Awashima Marine Park to inform them of his catch.

Lateral view of The Frilled Shark. (Female, 1170 mm TL, holotype SAM 31028).
Lateral view of The Frilled Shark. (Female, 1170 mm TL, holotype SAM 31028).

Unfortunately, the shark died shortly after being moved to the marine park. It was thought the shark was caught due to being ill. The Frilled Shark lives at depths of 4,900 feet, almost a mile beneath the surface of the ocean. Although, they will typically stay at depths around 3,300 feet.

The frilled shark is considered a primitive, due to being largely unchanged since prehistoric times. The unusual appearance of the Frilled Shark has led some to speculate that it could be the source for ancient sightings of sea serpents.

Illustration of Chlamydoselachus africana cranial skeleton with dorsal, lateral, and ventral views. (paratype SAM 36076). Illustration by L.J.V. Compagno.
Illustration of Chlamydoselachus africana cranial skeleton with dorsal, lateral, and ventral views. (paratype SAM 36076). Illustration by L.J.V. Compagno.

According to AP News, the first frilled shark was discovered in Japan in 1884, said Ebert, who discovered the only other known species of frilled shark in 2009, named the Southern African frilled shark

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Video of The Frilled Shark, Prehistoric Shark Caught off the Coast of Japan!

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