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Rare 'fossil fish' shark caught off coast of Portugal

NUMAZU, JAPAN - JANUARY 21: In this handout picture released by Awashima Marine Park, a 1.6 meter long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu, on January 21, 2007 in Numazu, Japan. The frill shark, also known as a Frilled shark usually lives in waters of a depth of 600 meters and so it is very rare that this shark is found alive at sea-level. It's body shape and the number of gill are similar to fossils of sharks which lived 350,000,000 years ago. (Photo by Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images/CNN Newsource)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A prehistoric fish that has the body of a snake and the head of a shark was reportedly caught off the coast of Portugal.

The "frill shark" or "frilled shark" has approximately 300 teeth and, according to BBC, was measured at five feet long.

It was captured off the Algarve coast, the southernmost region of Portugal. The species dates back 80 million years, the same time dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

In a statement released by the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere and published by National Geographic, researchers aboard the ship described the shark as having a "long, slim body and a head that is reminiscent of a snake."

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