Ancient Shark with Snake Head and 300 Teeth Found Off Coast Portugal

  • Ancient Shark with Snake Head and 300 Teeth Found Off Coast Portugal

Ancient Shark with Snake Head and 300 Teeth Found Off Coast Portugal

A group of scientists working on an European Union research and conservation mission captured a terrifying-looking shark off the Algarve coast in August - but struggled to identify it, until now.

We all love oceans but it is quite uncommon to come across prehistoric creatures swimming across the oceans, on the other hand, it was a lucky day for the Portuguese Scientists who caught a shark aboard belonging to the age of dinosaurs from the Algarve cast.

The team of Portuguese scientists responsible for the find were aboard a trawler that was participating in an EU-funded fishing project trying to stop commercial fishermen from catching "unwanted" items in their nets, according to the BBC.

That is because the frilled shark is not normally seen by experts as it lives much further underwater - some 700 metres (2,300 feet) to be precise - in deep sea areas off the coast of Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

However, unknowingly scientists unearthed one of the most ancient animals to have lived on the surface of this planet.

The shark in question measured around five feet in length, but reports indicate that it can grow to well over six feet, bigger than most grown humans. The gills of the shark has frilly, fluffy edges, but the cuddly factor ends abruptly there. Another study of a Suruga Bay inhabitant showed that frilled sharks may also have the longest gestation period of any living creature, 42 months.

If you think that the great white shark is something to fear, the frilled shark looks so horrifying you'll think twice about jumping into the ocean no matter what beach you're on. The scientists named the creature as Chlamydoselachus anguineus for its gills - the frilled arrangement of 300 teeth, neatly lined in 25 rows.