Thursday, July 19, 2012

Frilled Shark

Latin Name: Chlamydoselachus anguineus

The Frilled Shark is one of the strangest sharks in the world. Reaching up to 2 meters in length, this shark is known as a "living fossil" since they are a prehistoric species that has changed very little over millions of years. It has a single dorsal fin and has an almost eel-like appearance. Their name comes from the six pairs of "frilly" gill slits near their jaw, forming something like a collar. Frilled Sharks can be found in several places in waters up to 1,280 meters below the surface where they are specially adapted for. These places include the waters near Eastern United States, Australia, United Kingdom, and Japan. Even though some Frilled Sharks can even be found near the surface of the ocean, encounters with humans are incredibly rare. Their diet consists mostly of squids, other sharks, and bony fishes, and it is thought that they swiftly and aggressively attack their prey when it is injured or exhausted from spawning. While their bite is still deadly, scientists have observed that their bite is not as strong as the conventionally built sharks that we are most commonly associated with.

frill shark photo
Chlamydoselachus anguineus

frilled shark swimming
Chlamydoselachus anguineus
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