View Full Version : "Living Fossil" Shark caught at mouth of Tokyo Bay

January 25th, 2007, 8:49 AM
I saw this in the news yesterday, and now I've found an English article for you to read (http://www.pinktentacle.com/2006/03/rare-goblin-shark-caught-at-mouth-of-tokyo-bay/).

This shark hasn't evolved in lots of millions of years. And the curious thing is, well, in the photo is not very seemed, but when I saw it on TV, it remembered me a Huntail.

More photos:

Photo 1 (http://www.lanacion.com.ar/anexos/imagen/07/621371.JPG)
Photo 2 (http://www.lanacion.com.ar/anexos/imagen/07/621372.JPG)
Photo 3 (http://www.lanacion.com.ar/anexos/imagen/07/621373.JPG)
Photo 4 (http://www.lanacion.com.ar/anexos/imagen/07/621374.JPG)

It's so curious, it's Prehistoric (Above a bunch of millions ago xP) and it was alive earlier...Yeah, the shark died when scientists tried to bring it to a lab for researching. How a pity.

January 25th, 2007, 9:05 AM
n_n That thing is adorable, seriously.

I find this stuff really interesting; finding animals from prehistoric times that for the most part are unchanged. o_o It's really fascinating.

I want one of those sharks.

viridian doubletongue
January 25th, 2007, 9:18 AM
Wow.. Reminds of me when they found a live ceilocanth.

I heard people talking about this at school. Only now do I realise what they were referring to.

Shame it had to die though... Some people just can't leave things alone.

Gary, the Magic Fairy
January 29th, 2007, 10:52 PM
Its cute :) but this (http://www.lanacion.com.ar/anexos/imagen/07/621371.JPG) picture really scares me.

Why did they have to kill it? Ugh...I hate scientists.

January 29th, 2007, 11:21 PM
If you read the article, it states that it was already in a bad state, and was probably only near the surface because of that.

January 30th, 2007, 8:35 AM
Wow, like Lightning, I love that thing.

It's awesome that they've found something so that's unusual like that. I wonder if they'll find more animals that are similar.

viridian doubletongue
January 30th, 2007, 9:37 AM
Why did they have to kill it? Ugh...I hate scientists.

I don't believe they killed it as such. But it died when they tried to take it away for research.
Although, as Amachi says, it was already in a bad state. It may have died either way, eventually.

Gary, the Magic Fairy
January 30th, 2007, 9:20 PM
Well, I don't think taking it away could've helped anything :\ and where does it say that it was in a bad state? All I see is 'unusual' in that article, which I did read, btw.

January 31st, 2007, 10:03 AM
*blink* o_o I could have sworn it said something about it being in the shallow water only because it was injured or ill.

Anyway, by taking it away, scientists could have nearly replicated the waters it's native to and perhaps nursed it back to life or something like that. o_o; The shallow waters are certainly not its native home so the scientists taking it would probably have been its best bet to life. Not to mention studying a living specimen would be incredibly interesting.

February 1st, 2007, 8:56 AM
Even so...It could be better for the fish if scientists could leave it alone...

February 1st, 2007, 9:00 AM
I seem to remember reading in an English newspaper that they took it to a specialist to treat the injuries that it had sustained, otherwise it would've just died anyway.

Remember, it's not that they went and hunted the shark, the shark just got caught up in the netting. Were the fisherman just supposed to toss an injured shark back into the sea to certain death? At least by taking it away, they gave it a fighting chance of living.

February 18th, 2007, 4:29 PM
Ooh, that thing's really cool-looking.... I want one too! XD

Captain Arcane
February 25th, 2007, 2:48 AM
Yeah, I saw that on TV to, I love, its just like a Sea Monster! ^_^ I want one as a pet ^_^
It reminds me of my favourite pokemon Gyarados! ^_^