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Rare shark captured on film

POSTED: 9:09 a.m. EST, January 24, 2007

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Rare frilled shark videotaped by staff at Japanese marine park

Shark normally lives at least 2,000 feet below the sea

Scientists believe it came to shallow waters because it was sick

Shark died shortly after it was caught

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- 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. (Watch divers swim with bizarre, ailing shark Video)

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.

The shark died a few hours after being caught.

Frilled sharks, which feed on other sharks and sea creatures, are sometimes caught in the nets of trawlers but are rarely seen alive.
Picture, along with video: http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science...eut/index.html
 

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I read about this yesterday. Apparently it was so close to the surface because it was ill, that's why they caught it, like how if a whale is ill it can beach itself, thuse taking itself out of it's natural habitat. It looks big but apprently it was only 1.6m long. Fascinating shark it is.
 

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Thanks, this was really interesting. I felt so sorry for the poor thing though.

I hope that it really did die of natural causes and they didn't just kill it to dissect it.

I suppose it did look rather ill though.
 

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"That looks like something out of an Alien movie."

Or a Tim Burton movie. I'm sure I saw it in Beetle Juice. When the dead couple try to leave the house and find themselves in some kind of desert with a "sandworm" attacking them instead of in Connecticut.
 
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