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Australian fisherman catches rare shark

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Rare frilled shark dates back 80 million years Rare frilled shark dates back 80 million years
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With a mouth packed full of needle-like teeth and a body like an eel's, a 6-foot-long frilled shark was caught by a fisherman in Australia.

This rare shark is sometimes described as a fish “fossil” that dates back 80 million years.

David Guillot says that it's like nothing he or his fellow fisherman have ever seen in the deep waters.

“It was really prehistoric-looking, freaky really,” Guillot said. “I've been fishing 30 years and never saw anything like it. So I brought it in. Honestly, we thought we had caught a brand new species, maybe discovered something wild.”

The frilled shark is known to live at extreme depths in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Guillot said that the frilled shark was still alive when he got it to the surface, but did not live after being pulled from the frigid depths. The frilled shark is now being offered to a local museum.

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