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 curve of its body is absolutely scary.— FreeSpeechDeplorable (@knowingispowr) November 13, 2017
I’ll have nightmares about it, although it’s an incredible & awesome discovery.
Yes it does not make swimming in the ocean very appealing. Zheesh— Machar (@machar131) November 14, 2017
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.
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.
With 95 percent of the ocean unexplored, there's no telling what kind of undiscovered species exist underwater.