An Australian fisherman has caught one of the scariest sea creatures in existence.
The frilled shark has been around for roughly 80 million years, according to Australia’s ABC.net, but local fishermen couldn’t recall one ever being pulled from the sea.
It was caught in Victoria in a region known as Gippsland last month.
David Guillot, skipper of the Western Alliance, told the Sydney Morning Herald that he was looking for narrow, deep-bodied fish in waters about 3,600 feet deep when he caught the shark.
Guillot’s boat is described as a trawler, meaning it catches fish with large nets.
He said it was a little less than 5 feet long, and in his 30 years as a fisherman, he had never seen anything quite like it.
The creature gets its name from the six gills on both sides that wrap around its neck.
Simon Boag of the South East Trawl Fishing Association told ABC.net,
It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you’re in that mouth, you’re not coming out.
Frilled sharks have very flexible jaws and can therefore swallow prey more than half their size, typically feeding on octopus and squid.
Boag said that the shark was about 2,200 feet under the sea when it was caught.
He doesn’t think he’ll be seeing another one anytime soon, however.
Almost all the grounds deeper than 700 meters are closed to trawling, so there wouldn’t be any pressure on them and there’d be very few caught.
ABC.net reports that the fish was first presented to Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) but rejected, presumably because they already have a specimen for study.
It has since reported to have been sold to an undisclosed source.