Prehistoric shark captured on film



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Info-Copyright 2007 Reuters.
Video- ITV News Wednesday January 24-2007 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.
Copyright 2007 Reuters.
Video- ITV News Wednesday January 24-2007

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26 thoughts on “Prehistoric shark captured on film

  1. i dont understand why they are called prehistoric if they still exist? thought to be prehistoric because they were found among dinosaur fossils. yet then all of these fish have been realized as currently living animals. so now that we know they are not prehistoric isnt it safe to say that the dinosaur fossils they were found with are also not prehistoric but seasoned? people during the middle ages were smaller than the average person today and the life expectancy has increased for people in the modern age, so does that mean in 500 years we have evolved because i believe that i read evolution takes place during mass amount of time such as 300 million years alowing the "adaptation. No species could survive if it took millions of years to adapt if i dont eat today tomorow i might find some food but if it takes 300 million years to find food ill die. simply die and not evolve. so i find it ironic that someone would watch this video and see how the supporting of evolution is self contradictarary to its own findings it condemns itself as a scientific theory. like i said if the fish that were believed to be prehistoric based on paleontologic findings where they were found amond dinosaurs, yet the fish exist today then maybe as a result of observation and fact the dinosaurs are no where near as old as believed and maybe actually lived among man and somepoint, as i belive from observing mans mythology involving dragon and also every culture has documented in drawing or in writing encounters with large lizards.

  2. Guys, this is probably the least most endangered species of shark on the planet. The fact that we rarely see footage of it just shows how undisturbed it is by humans. We've just seen 'Rare footage' of it being this close to the surface. Chill out damn

  3. In the video the shark was already dead

    Or how in this world it didn't used its fins and tail was not even shaking of not even used

    They say its deep in the sea why would it come to the surface of the water

  4. Ok. First of all, the people didn't kill the shark, the shark was gonna die anyway wether they had taken it or not. And Secondly, it wasn't the last of its kind. They are just rare to see because of how deep underwater they live. Next time, think before you say something

  5. Fuck you guys they are found in abundance and are not extinct.They fall in the least concerned category and this is all bullshit.We simply cannot see them often because they are found in very deep ocean.

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