Scientists and divers have videotaped this rare Frilled Shark, sometimes referred to as a “living fossil” because it has evolved very little since the prehistoric era. Frilled Sharks normally live in extremely deep water exceeding depths of 2,000 feet of water, so the fact that this one was out of his habitat already speaks poorly to its health. Alerted by local fishermen the Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, Japan scientists and divers were dispatched to the area where they captured the 1.6 meter long (5 feet). The shark was moved in to a holding tank for observation where later it died.
“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.