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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Posted by Jill | 10:18 PM
Does anyone else find this story about the discovery of a live, prehistoric frilled shark just a wee bit disconcerting?

It isn't just that the poor creature is:

a) hideous
b) LOOKS like a marine dinosaur; and
c) died in the Awashima Marine Park shortly after this video was filmed.

It's that these are very deep-sea animals, usually found at depths of 400 to over 4000 feet. Remember that footage of the Titanic wreck that you saw ten years ago; in waters that were pitch-black dark and cold and you wondered how anything could live down there? Well, this creature did. And I wonder what kind of climatological signals it received that caused it to make its pilgrimage to the surface.
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