‘Alien’ sharks that can thrust their jaws outside of their mouths just like killer creatures from the sci-fi horror movie are caught in Pacific Ocean
The rare viper shark was caught in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Taiwan
The shark can extend its jaws beyond its mouth like the sci-fi monster from Alien.
It seizes prey with its rapidly extending jaws and can swallow large fish whole
Taiwan’s Fisheries Research Institute said it had picked up five of the creatures
A rare shark that can extend its jaws beyond its mouth like the sci-fi monster from the film Alien, has been found by scientists near Taiwan.
The viper shark, which derives its name from its unusually large and fang-like teeth, was caught in the Pacific Ocean.
It seizes its prey with its rapidly extending jaws and can use its huge gape to swallow comparatively large fish whole.
Five of the fish were captured by Taiwan’s Fisheries Research Institute in the Pacific Ocean during a routine survey
And it’s incredibly rare, with only a handful of the glow-in-the-dark sharks caught since they were first discovered in 1986.
Taiwan’s Fisheries Research Institute said it had picked up five of the creatures near Donghe Township during a routine survey.
Describing them, it said: ‘The most obvious feature are the needle-shaped teeth, like snake-like fangs; this is also the origin of viper shark name.’
Because they are so seldom seen, little is known about viper sharks, but they’re believed to migrate from 300m-400m deep during the day to 150m deep at night.