A frilled shark is no ordinary shark. It is prehistoric and has an exceptionally remarkable appearance.
It is believe to take up the body shape of a dark brown or grey eel, except that the body has six-gill slits, which sharks would normally have.
The reason behind the name of this unique creature is in the gill slits tissues that jut out from the slits. It has a massive body of two meters in length.
It is an ancient creature and has probably thought to be extinct, but on 21 January 2007, the world was in for surprise when a frilled shark was discovered in the waters of Japan, specifically near the Awashima Marine Park, which is located in Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo.
It was a female frilled shark that was found by one of the staff working at the marine park. The 1.6 meter long shark was found to be ill, and afterwards was brought out of the water and transferred into a tank filled with salt water. It died hours after being caught.
Want to take a closer look at the frilled shark? Then do not miss out on this video footage of it!