Ultra rare shark from the dino era found in the Portugal Coast

Ultra rare shark from the dino era found in the Portugal Coast

Ultra rare shark from the dino era found in the Portugal Coast

The discovery was made when a team of European Union scientists were searching in the depths of Atlantic Ocean to find a way to "minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing".

London:A living shark species "from the age of the dinosaurs" has caused ripples across the world after being caught off a Portuguese coast.

According to the scientists, the species is said to have remained unevolved since the Cretaceous Period, when the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops roamed the planet.

The shark has a long, slim and a body similar to a snake's. The scientists further said that the rare and ancient creature might have inspired 19th-century tales of "sea serpents".

The shark has been the same from inside as well as outside since the time of the dinosaurs. The interesting thing was that the prehistoric frilled shark was caught alive and not in the form of fossils. Pretty much all other sharks have separate gills, but the frilled shark's first pair of gills stretch all the way across its throat.

Furthermore, the study showed that the species have around 42 months of gestation, the longest of any known creature. It also has a rather unique teeth arrangement, but there's little else known about the shark's biology or ecology. The gills of the shark has frilly, fluffy edges, but the cuddly factor ends abruptly there.

Scientists believed it to be a living fossil with a body like a snake but the jaws of a terrifying sea predator.

So, yes, it's highly unlikely that you'll encounter this prehistoric shark in one of your diving adventures. Scientists only know that these are one of the creepiest creatures existing beneath the ocean surface.

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