Why does it always seem like the craziest creatures are only found in Australia? Who even goes in the water there anymore? People like David Guillot, I suppose, who make their living on area fishing trawlers. Guillot and his crew pulled in a frilled shark off the coast of Victoria, Australia, and were rightfully horrified. This thing is practically a living fossil, and has ancestors dating back to 80 million years ago.
The frilled shark has an eel-like body and well over 300 teeth. It’s around 5 feet long and, as you see, not much of a looker.
It looks like it’s straight out of a horror movie.
Despite the trawler’s experienced crew, there wasn’t a fishermen on the vessel who witnessed one of these in the flesh. While no one explicitly said it, I have a feeling the crew would be happy to never come into contact with one again.
For more on the frilled shark, check out the video below.
What a horrifying find. I mean, it’s definitely cool and probably a great thing for marine scientists everywhere. Still, it’s pretty horrifying.