A fisherman in Australia was left stunned after catching a mysterious deep-sea shark with bulging eyes and protruding teeth. The Sydney-based man posted a photo of the bizarre creature and has since gone viral.
The unusual discovery was made by Trapman Bermagui, who claimed to have captured the sea shark from a depth of 650 meters underwater.
“The face of a rough-skinned shark in the deep sea. All the way from 650 meters,” Bermagui captioned his post, which has received more than 1,5,000 likes since it was shared on his Facebook page on Monday.
Many online users said that the sea creature looks prehistoric.
“The deep sea is another planet there. Wild looking creatures,” one person commented.
Although it is not known whether the marine animal belonged to which species category, the photo has piqued the curiosity of viewers. Some users said they believe it is a cookie cutter shark, a type of shark known to cause cookie-shaped wounds on the bodies of larger animals with their razor-sharp lower teeth.
However, Bermagui refuted the claims by posting a photo of a cookie cutter shark. “This is the mouth of a cookie cutter shark. The shark in the photo was different from this one. It was also about 15 kg and 1.5 meters long,” he said.
Some experts think it’s a spurdog shark known as ‘Centroscymnus owstonii’. “In my deep-sea research, we caught quite a few in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Bahamas. They belong to the family Somniosidae, the sleeping sharks, the same family of the Greenland shark, but obviously a much smaller species,” said Dean Grubbs, a researcher. associate research director at Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory, NY Post reported.
Grubbs added, however, that dogfish were more common with debts of about 2,400 to 3,800 feet, much deeper than where Bermagui reportedly caught it.
Another marine expert, Christopher Lowe, director of California State University at Long Beach’s Shark Lab, said it could be a deep-sea kitefin shark.
“Looks like a deepwater kitefin shark, which is known in the waters off Australia. However, we are constantly discovering new species of deepwater sharks, and many of them are very similar,” Lowe said.