“It does look 80 million years old,” South East Trawl Fishing Association executive Simon Boag said. “It looks prehistoric, it looks like it's from another time.”
No, Boag isn't talking about your flip phone. He’s talking about the frilled shark – a hideous, ancient beast that still prowls the world's oceans today. One of Boag’s crews reeled one in off the coast of East Victoria, Australia recently.
"It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you're in that mouth, you're not coming out," Boag said. "Good for dentists, but it is a freaky thing. I don't think you would want to show it to little children before they went to bed."
The boat crew caught this particular shark at a depth of 2,300 feet, but the species is known to hang out as far as 5,000 feet below the surface.
Here, courtesy of SETFIA, are a few pictures of the catch:
This is reportedly the first time a frilled shark has been caught by humans. The shark was sold by Boag and his crew for a presumably absurd amount of money.