Five weird alien sharks resembling extra-terrestrial beings with extended jaws and needle-like teeth has been captured off the coast of Taiwan. The alien-styled creature is actually sharks in the viper dogfish species, and it is very rare to spot them on deep seas.
These Strange glowing black creatures have peculiar extending jaws and needle-shaped teeth, but little is known about the rarely-seen shark.
Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute, in a statement, revealed that these weird sharks were caught at a depth of 350 meters during a routine survey of the fish species conducted in the Taitung area. As per the statement, five sharks were caught during the survey.
Unfortunately, only one was alive when they were pulled out from the water. Researchers soon submerged the alive one to conduct more studies on it, but it also died within 24 hours. The sharks which were caught ranges from 24 to 36 centimeters in length. However, a matured viper dogfish will measure up to 54 centimeters.
The viper dogfish was first caught in 1986 and has only been spotted handful time since leading experts to believe that only a small population deepwaterts.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the viper dogfish as “data deficient” due to the lack of information on the species.
The deep water sharks are small in size, with the largest recorded specimen coming in at 54 centimeters long. Despite its deadly sounding name, the viper shark poses no threat to humans.