Something out of ‘Alien’: Rare frilled shark caught off Australian coast

This fish looks like something out of “Alien,” but it has more in common with “Jurassic Park.”

It’s a rare frilled shark that has been caught by a fisherman in Australia.

With a mouth packed full of needle-like teeth and a body like an eel, the six-foot long frilled shark is sometimes described as a fish “fossil” that dates back 80 million years.

David Guillot, the man that caught the fish, told CNN that it’s like nothing he or his fellow fisherman have ever seen.

“It was really prehistoric looking, freaky really,” Guillot said.

He caught the fish while trawling for fish at 1,100 meters a week ago, and thought he might have discovered some new type of shark.

The shark is known to live at extreme depths in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but are very infrequently caught because their habitat is mostly off limits to fishing, said Simon Boaz of Australia’s South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association.

He’s offered the fish to a local museum.

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