Fishermen in Victoria, Australia, didn’t know what to think when they reeled in a prehistoric-looking creature from the water. They noticed its head and body looked like it belonged to an eel, but the tail looked like a shark’s.
They unknowingly captured a very rare frilled shark, sometimes referred to as the “living fossil,” according to the Telegraph. The creature’s ancestry goes back roughly 80 million years and is rarely sighted.
A staffer with the South East Trawl Fishing Association, Simon Boag, told the Telegraph that he’s never met a fisherman who had seen the frilled shark before.
“It does look 80 million years old. It looks prehistoric, it looks like it’s from another time!” he said, adding that it “has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you’re in that mouth, you’re not coming out.”
The creature was confirmed to be a frilled shark by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), according to the report.