An obscure sea creature with 80 million years of ancestry was discovered off of the Australian coast. The creature, whose species is often called a “living fossil,” was caught by a fishing trawler near Lakes Entrance in the Gippsland region of Victoria.
The sea monster-esque animal is known as the frilled shark and has more than 300 teeth in 26 rows, according to ABC.net.
“We couldn’t find a fisherman who had ever seen one before,” said Simon Boag of the South East Trawl Fishing Association. “It does look 80 million years old. It looks prehistoric, it looks like it’s from another time!”
The two meter-long creature resembles an eel, but comes complete with a shark fin tail and, of course, those terrifying teeth. The species, while known to the scientific community, is totally unknown to the local fishermen.
“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 shark was purchased by Griffith’s Sea Shell Museum in Lakes Entrance, who currently have the monstrosity in their freezer. In a couple weeks, they’ll put it on display. More photos below.