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Archie
140547.  Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:15 am Reply with quote

A Frilled shark was recently spotted near the coast of Japan. They are very rarely seen since they normally live about 2000 ft below. You can see a clip of it here.

http://today.reuters.com/tv/videoChannel.aspx?storyid=1a194f615fd608c0c94bfeb678aed35b5d30e013

Unfortunately it didn't last long, perhaps the pressure change meant its internals couldn't cope.

 
Ejob
140636.  Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:31 am Reply with quote

Maybe it's a coincidence but it seems so me that these whale-killing Japanese know only one way to deal with beautiful ocean creatures. Especially this one, from some time ago, astounded and horrified me.

 
samivel
140666.  Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:19 am Reply with quote

That shark was great.

 
eggshaped
140667.  Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:20 am Reply with quote

It is claimed that the frilled shark has the longest gestation period of any animal. Is that true?

 
Archie
140668.  Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:22 am Reply with quote

I don't think they know for sure, it's not been studied properly...

 
King of Quok
140777.  Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:30 pm Reply with quote

I'm not an expert on sharks, but I do know that the Frill Shark is ovoviviparous, that is, it the eggs are retained in the body whilst they are developing and hatch soon after laying, though the egg provides all nutrient whilst in the mother's body, so the sharklet isn't connected to her bloodstream. I guess this may complicate calculating an exact gestation as it falls somewhere between being viviparous and oviparous.

 

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