Wednesday, March 04, 2015

From the deep

Frilled sharks are seldom seen by humans and that is not a bad thing if you are prone to nightmares. They live in the depths of the ocean and are occasionally caught in fishing trawler nets, as was this one near the Victorian coastal town of Lakes Entrance. What happened to nature? Why did these not evolve to something a little more pleasant in appearance. Take a close look at those teeth. Nothing will escape. It strikes its prey like a snake, rearing back then thrusting its head forward. Fearsome. Your trivia for the day is that they have the longest gestation period of any creature with a vertebrae.

 abc.net.au

Ready to strike.

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discovery.com

Click. Make it bigger. I dare you. There is no escape from those teeth.

 

28 comments:

  1. I saw one on the news last evening, no doubt the same as you. Fearful creatures of the sea. Hope i never come across one.

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    1. WA, truly a monster from the deep.

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  2. I saw that. Fascinating. And very, very practical. Not beautiful, but functional.

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    1. EC, perhaps that's why it never evolved. It was an efficient hunter and never had to evolve.

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  3. Andrew it is a very dangerous creature

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    1. Scary Gosia, quite scary.

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  4. Thanks for the nightmares, my dreams are a off these days, lots of strange creatures.
    Merle........

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    1. Sorry Merle. Think of playing dolphins and Flipper noises.

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  5. Interesting looking fish, all the barbs on those teeth would certainly help with holding its prey. I'm not prone to nightmares.

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    1. River, that is what I thought. Once in its grip, there is no escape.

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  6. That thing looks positively evil.
    I know it’s just a creature and evil is not part of its evolution, but still...
    Wouldn’t want to meet him on a dark and stormy night. in or out of the water.

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    1. No, not all Friko. It reminds me of a politician or two.

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  7. If it had ears, we'd be saying "Yes, Prime Minister".

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    1. Jah Teh, not our Tones! You are now have an ASIO file and your data is being scrutinised.

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  8. The first photo reminded me of a sock puppet. Surely this fish has to be proof of evolution...no God would create something this ugly.

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    1. Both points taken Ad Rad.

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  9. Repulsive Andrew... eel like creatures have always given me the willies.

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    1. Eel pie is not part of your regular diet Craig?

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    2. only on tuesdays...

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  10. What are you trying to do to me? Give me nightmares about swimming in the sea!

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    1. Come visit Oz again Fun60, and we give you a lesson in shark wrestling.

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  11. Looks like my 5th grade math teacher.

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    1. Haha Keith. Sex indeterminate.

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  12. Well lets hope it stays in the deep. Ugly.

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    1. Diane, best we don't know what is deep in the ocean. While researching, I came across some pretty ugly fish type things.

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  13. I don't want one of those walking through my bedroom door at midnight, no thank you.

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    1. Strayer, just as well they are confined to the deep ocean then.

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  14. Nope, no way, not ever.. Enlarged snakes with teeth are not going to bed type material! Blimey, another good reason I only swim in my pool :)

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