ancient fossil shark filmed off Tokyo

Frilled Shark

This female frilled shark, a tattered and battered yet still magnificent and intimidating remnant of an ancient and presumed extinct species, surfaced near Tokyo yesterday. Unfortunately it died within minutes of its capture by workers from the Awashima Marine Park. Over 1.6 meters in length and of apparently advanced age, the shark is presumed to have been driven to the surface from its normal habitat between 600 and 1000 meters down by the mystery illness that ultimately proved fatal.

More information on the frilled shark is available here and here.

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24 thoughts on “ancient fossil shark filmed off Tokyo

  1. for real? amazing… this might mean there could more of sharks like her at the bottom, if they were previously thought to be extinct…

  2. The site does look familiar Philipa, thanks for that. I’m going to stick in some social bookmarking links and then go to bed, so I’ll check it out tomorrow.

    As for the shark looking like a sperm…all I can say is, it’s a wonder you Brits can breed if that’s the case! The teeth look very…uncomfortable.

    And yeah, sulz, I’m totally looking forward to more info. I mean, we don’t even know what an ancient species can die of…the autopsy will be interesting.

  3. Have you seen them up close???? British teeth? Remember that Simpsons episode where Lisa doesn’t want to get braces, so they frighten her with a picture book, The Big Book of British Smiles??? Think about it.

  4. The Marchioness of W u B

    I think he means “exeunt grumbling” – I don’t think my Latin would well survive the flustration !!!

    Your obedient servant etc

    GE

  5. You’ve got an obedient servant, RC? Man, I need a bitch boy, too!

    (Someone to do my dishes at least).

    No, I didn’t see that particular Simpsons episode. One day, when I’m truly bored or inebriated, I’ll watch them all on DVD.

  6. Will you lot get off the subject of our teeth, and lack of dentists. Ok, so our teeth suck!

    Oh bug-writ, I’m going to have to see the dentist tomorow now :-(

    I’d rather fish.

  7. Or catch, eh?

    G.Eagle, Metro cannot be expected to spell correctly: he’s an editor.

    Metro: I will go fishing in the spam filter for your comments. They better be worth it!

  8. Bye the way, Metro: the spam filter is not eating your comments. Unless you have started signing in as Generic Viagra (which would not surprise me, frankly) your comments are not being filtered by Akismet.

  9. Dear R-C

    Are frilly sharks edible ?

    (sotto voce) Is this the famous Philipa well-known as a fierce Gourmet-Predators eager to secure Captive Tree-Octopodia, as an alternative to battered Spam ….. and who seems to have experienced some occasion for disapprobation in relation to the Revd Peter Mullen

    (sottissimo voce) do you know what this cleric did ?

    Your obedient servant etc

    GE

  10. No idea. I try to stay out of the whole church thing; it’s the worst of politics, the worst of wonkishness AND the worst of sanctimony.

    Frilly sharks are edible, but the consumption of a frilly shark immediately confines the soul of the consumer in the third circle of Hell. The body remains technically alive, but the soul belongs to Cthulhu from that moment forward.

  11. G Eagle – I’ve provided a link on my blog to further explain said clerics abuse of office.

    raincoaster – I try not to eat frilly anything, I leave that to others :-)

  12. Pingback: the Living Intestine: the Juno Ledge Sea Serpent « raincoaster

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