The BBC recently linked to footage from Japan of a prehistoric shark which is rarely seen due to its usual habitat of 600m deep. Since few submarines can make it to these depths, it’s not suprising that little is known about the species. By dating fossils of the animals’ unique three-pronged teeth, however, scientists have been able to determine the frilled shark to be around 18 million years old.
Oceanographer and former NOAA chief scientist Sylvia Earle claims the most bio-diverse region in the world is not the rainforest but in fact the deep ocean. This concept does not stop fishermen from killing the frilled shark, and most other sea life, when they are trawling for other catch, essentially dragging huge swathes of net by boat. Scientists have likened the practice to bulldozing a forest to catch a few deer, a practice that’s surely not sustainable if fishermen want to continue with their profession.
Of course you can also think, like the Japanese man in the video, that “the fish is just weird.”