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Rare frilled shark captured on film alive

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/01/24/shark.japan.reut/index.html


TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A species of shark rarely seen alive because its natural habitat is about 2,000 feet under the sea was captured on film by staff at a Japanese marine park this week.

The Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, south of Tokyo, was alerted by a fisherman at a nearby port on Sunday that he had spotted an odd-looking eel-like creature with a mouthful of needle-sharp teeth.

Marine park staff caught the 5 foot (1.6 meter) long creature, which they identified as a female frilled shark, sometimes referred to as a "living fossil" because it is a primitive species that has changed little since prehistoric times.

The shark appeared to be in poor condition when park staff moved it to a seawater pool where they filmed it swimming and opening its jaws.

"We believe moving pictures of a live specimen are extremely rare," said an official at the park. "They live between 1,968 and 3,280 feet (600 and 1,000 meters) under the water, which is deeper than humans can go."

"We think it may have come close to the surface because it was sick, or else it was weakened because it was in shallow waters," the official said.

The shark died a few hours after being caught.

Frilled sharks, which feed on other sharks and sea creatures, are sometimes caught in the nets of trawlers but are rarely seen alive.

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I thought this was pretty cool. It's amazing that there are many species living in the depths of the ocean that we know so little about. This is just an example of one of those species.

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Jan 24, 2007
its like an eelSmiley Surprised
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Jan 24, 2007
holy smokes Smiley Surprised
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Jan 24, 2007
I saw this on the news and was amazed. News like this makes my day because I'm an animal boffin.
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Jan 24, 2007
That thing looks awesome. Too bad it had to die.
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Jan 24, 2007


carbonox_ratchet wrote:
I saw this on the news and was amazed. News like this makes my day because I'm an animal boffin.

Yes, I am the same way. I especially take an interest in aquatic life.
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Jan 25, 2007
dang thats sweet....but im sure it would be scary seeing that thing coming toward you in the water
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Re: Rare frilled shark captured on film alive

Jan 25, 2007
crazy  stuff
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Jan 25, 2007
Thats awsome looking. I love it when they find rare creepy things that live in the depths of the ocean.
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Jan 25, 2007
That a weird looking thin.  It's almost as weird as that furry lobster.

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