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The frilled shark is a fascinating creature that not many people know about. Swimming in some deep watery depths, these beings don’t see humans too often. Here are some facts about the animals that many people don’t know. Stay tuned for the second part of the article, which is coming soon!

Number Fifteen: It Was Named by a German Ichthyologist

Ludwig H.P. Döderlein was the person who described the frilled shark. In short, the animal has been described as “snaky”.

Number Fourteen: The Frilled Shark Has Amazing Teeth

The frilled shark is no joke. The mouth of this shark has backward-facing teeth that are 300 in total. Looking into the jaws of the shark. the teeth almost look like white planets, but deadly ones at that.

Number Thirteen: It’s Amazingly Buoyant

The frilled shark has a huge liver which is filled with hydrocarbons and oils, which allow it to be quite buoyant in the water. It gives it the impression that it is floating. This seems like it would be quite the eerie thing to witness.

Number Twelve: It Has a Strange Diet

The frilled shark certainly has a weird diet. For the most part, it eats cephalopods and teleost fishes primarily, but sometimes, it feels like it needs to be cannibalistic.

Number Eleven: It’s Everywhere, and Nowhere

These beasts can be found everywhere in the world, but because they sleep in deep waters, they usually won’t be seen. They swim as deep as 4200 feet, which is quite profound.

Number Ten: The Females Are Big

Like many other species on this planet, the frilled shark females are bigger than the males. They can even reach six and a half feet, which is, of course, longer than most people are tall!

Number Nine: It Takes a While for Them to Give Birth

While most creatures take a relatively short time to give birth or lay eggs, the frilled shark does not. In fact, it takes sometimes three and a half years for these creatures to have children. There’s lots more to learn about the frilled shark than meets the eye. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

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