Thursday, January 25, 2007

Video of primitive shark caught in Japan



If there is an award for the ugliest fish, I'm sure the frilled shark would probably win it hands down (or in this case, fins down!). This video taken by the staff at the Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, south of Tokyo, shows a rare footage of a frilled shark. A fisherman at a nearby port spotted an odd-looking eel-like creature with a mouthful of needle-sharp teeth and alerted the marine park staff. The frilled shark is a primitive shark species, sometimes called a "living fossil" because it resembles extinct species of sharks. Frilled sharks are usually found at depths of around 2,000 feet, but this one somehow found its way into shallow water off the coast of Japan. The poor shark died shortly after it was caught. Here's a link to another video.

9 comments:

dave seah said...

super ugly!

primus said...

it does look sick.

Myra Leong said...

*plays the JAWS theme

Ah Yong said...

Must be bored living under 2,000 feet so it decided to climb up to see the world.

Anonymous said...

im not surprised if a species this ugly will go extinct

finatiq said...

it looks like a freak!!!!!!!

mr black said...

i am sure there are a lot of such weird looking and even primitive creatures living deep in the ocean that we have yet to discover.

GeekGod said...

>If there is an award for the ugliest fish, I'm sure the frilled shark would probably win it hands down (or in this case, fins down!).

How about an award for the ugliest animal... the frilled shark will also be a close contender.

Shy said...

Poor shark.

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