(ORDO NEWS) — The shark, 1.5 meters (5 feet) long, was caught by Portuguese fishermen at a depth of about 600 meters. These sharks are extremely rare and first appeared as a species 80 million years ago.
The so-called saltwater shark is more like a snake or an eel. It lives in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at great depths up to 1500 meters.
This species was first described at the end of the 19th century, but since then very few specimens have fallen into human hands.
In natural conditions, the winged shark was first captured on video only in 2004. The most remarkable detail in the appearance of these sharks is their jaws with approximately 300 strange round teeth. The jaws are huge, agile and ideal for catching squid and fast fish.
Very little is known about the lifestyle of saltwater sharks. They are mainly caught near Japan and Australia; off the coast of Portugal, such a shark was discovered for the first time.
There is a hypothesis that these sharks were the source of myths about sea snakes, since their heads are very similar to snakes. Though it’s hard to take it seriously as these sharks don’t swim close to the surface.
The only reliable case of the appearance of a comb shark on the surface occurred in 2007. The shark was picked up and placed in a marine aquarium, but after a few hours the fish died, as it was initially very weak and probably sick.
Scientists don’t know how many plaintive sharks exist, as they lurk at great depths, where they are enveloped in constant darkness, crushing pressure and extremely cold temperatures.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources does not list the comb shark as an endangered species, but warns that an increase in commercial deep-sea fishing could lead to an increase in the number of deep-sea sharks caught in trawler nets.
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