Nice teeth, bruh
This fab fella was just seen, swimming, in a living fashion, a half mile below the surface of the sea off the coast of Portugal. It was captured. First time one’s been sighted alive and cavorting which makes this an epic event in the annals of ocean science and nature. This particular frilled shark species had been known of since about the 1880s-90s, but no one had ever seen one swimming about. So Ra. Ra. Sis. Boom. Ba.
The cool thing about this dude is that it is one of those “living fossil” type critters… it dates back to 80 million years ago, so it was a contemporary of all our favorite diner sores from our childhood dreams.
Hasn’t changed to any noticeable degree… and to that I ask… “Well, why would it?”
The below Article comes from this Newsweek link
Prehistoric, Dinosaur-Era Shark With Insane Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of Portugal
The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of this ancient sea creature.
The shark was discovered off the Algarve coast by researchers who were working on a European Union project in the area, the BBC reported. The aim of the project was to “minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing,” but the team unknowingly unearthed one of the rarest and most ancient animals on the planet.
Scientists from Portugal’s Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) have dubbed the catch a “living fossil”, after using techniques to identify the animal that indicates the species dates back almost 80 million years.