‘Aliens’ of the deep? Horrifying shark with extending jaws caught off Taiwan (PHOTO)

Date:13 Jan, 2018

Five weird sharks resembling the aliens from the eponymous Hollywood thriller were

© Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute

captured off the coast of Taiwan in a rare appearance of the elusive viper dogfish species.

The glowing black creatures have peculiar extending jaws and needle-shaped teeth, but little is known about the rarely-seen shark.

The five specimens were caught at a depth of 350 metres during a routine survey of the fish species in the Taitung area, the Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute said in a statement. Only one was alive when it was pulled from the water. Researchers submerged it with the hope of carrying out further study, but it died within 24 hours of its capture.    [FULL  STORY]

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