A giant shark found in Australia has baffled experts – because it has human teeth.
Named the Hornshark – or heterodontus marshallae, for those who speak Latin – it was found around 75ft below the surface of the water just off the north west coast of Australia.
It features many rows of human-like teeth inside it's scary mouth, and is nothing like any shark previously found on Earth.
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The shark was analysed by the Australian Nationa Fish Collection earlier this year.
ANFC fish biologist Helen O’Neill said: “This order of sharks resembles fossils of long extinct sharks due to similar morphology, including spines. But we know now they’re not closely related.
“Heterodontiformes have a unique body shape and ‘horns’ formed by crests just above their eyes.
“They tend to sit on the sea floor and feed mainly on creatures like molluscs and crustaceans.
“They have a small mouth but crushing jaws that are huge relative to their skull size and powerful enough to crush cowrie shells.”
Six others from the same family have been found over time, but none contained teeth such as this one.
It has also been confirmed that the one found was a male.
Helen added: “We prefer to use males for shark holotypes because they have claspers, which are external reproductive organs that can vary between species and help us tell them apart.
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“My gut feeling is that we would have seen specimens of such a distinct species since they are mostly shallow water, where exploration has been substantial in most places.
“I could just as easily be wrong though."
The shark is not thought to be a danger to humans, although the exact location it was found has not been disclosed to the general public . . . which is quite worrying, if you think about it.
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