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Ancient Shark With 300 Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast Of Portugal, And We're Never Sleeping Again

Earlier this month a group of EU scientists conducting a study in the depths of the Atlantic apparently awakened the dark gods below and unleashed an unholy Cretaceous nightmare.

In a Lovecraftian bit of irony, the scientists who were studying ways to “minimize unwanted catches in commercial fishing” made and unexpected catch of their own. 

Scientists refer to the frilled shark as a living fossil. The species, which has survived for the past 80 millions years, doesn't pose much of a threat to humans as it's rarely encountered and its natural habitat is between 3000-5000 feet below sea level. The name comes from the frilled appearance of its gills. Their eel like bodies can grow up to six and a half feet in length.

The shark's rarity didn't stop Twitter from wanting nothing to do with it. 

The shark's three hundred needle-like teeth and flexible jaw allow it to swallow its food whole while making it very difficult for prey to escape. 

It's thought to attack with quick snake-like lunges to sink its teeth into other sharks, fish, octopuses, and squid. 

We don't know much about the frilled shark, as they are rarely encountered and hard to study outside their natural habitat. In 2007 a Japanese fisherman accidentally found one on the surface and brought it to the Awashima Marine Park to be studied, but the creature died hours later. 

Scientists theorize the frilled shark's simplified anatomy is why it may have outlived it Cretaceous contemporaries.

With 95 percent of the ocean unexplored, there's no telling what kind of undiscovered species exist underwater. 

After Hurricane Harvey, another mysterious sea creature with no face washed up on the shores of Texas.  

H/T: Twitter, Washington Post