Thursday, January 25, 2007

Jumping The Shark

Recently eaten: roast beef sub, california roll
Recent annoyance: blug, where do I begin?

So a rare prehistoric shark appeared from the depths of the ocean in Japan this week. I mean, at this point, it is probably that a t-rex will come stomping out of an Argentinean forest and eat half of the population of Brazil. I am basing this claim on pure scientific fact, of course.

I'll be honest, if this shark looks this frightening in a sick and weakened state, I may wet my pants to see what else might be down in the ocean. I don't really think it will be as fanciful as imagined in the movie The Life Aquatic. I stay out of the water for a reason and it's because things like this shark are swimming around thinking, "yeah, a few thousand years way down in the ocean have been play, but let's see what going on up there."

Rare shark captured on film
"A species of shark rarely seen alive because its natural habitat is about 2,000 feet under the sea was captured on film by staff at a Japanese marine park this week.

The Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, south of Tokyo, was alerted by a fisherman at a nearby port on Sunday that he had spotted an odd-looking eel-like creature with a mouthful of needle-sharp teeth.

Marine park staff caught the 5 foot (1.6 meter) long creature, which they identified as a female frilled shark, sometimes referred to as a "living fossil" because it is a primitive species that has changed little since prehistoric times. (Watch divers swim with bizarre, ailing shark Video)

The shark appeared to be in poor condition when park staff moved it to a seawater pool where they filmed it swimming and opening its jaws. (Photo gallery: More pictures of this odd creature of the deep)

"We believe moving pictures of a live specimen are extremely rare," said an official at the park. "They live between 1,968 and 3,280 feet (600 and 1,000 meters) under the water, which is deeper than humans can go."

"We think it may have come close to the surface because it was sick, or else it was weakened because it was in shallow waters," the official said.

The shark died a few hours after being caught.

Frilled sharks, which feed on other sharks and sea creatures, are sometimes caught in the nets of trawlers but are rarely seen alive."


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