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It seizes its pray with its rapidly extending jaws - which can be used to swallow large fish with one bite.
The glow-in-the-dark beast is so incredibly rare that only a handful have been 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.
Of the latest specimens - which were caught at a depth of 350m - four were dead and the living shark was immersed in cool seawater, but died a day later.
The viper shark diet comprises crustaceans and bony fishes, including lanternfishes – perhaps attracted by the predator’s glowing body.
initially when i saw this article there was only the first picture present. So they looked like a decent size.
originally posted by: neo96
What's terrifying bout it ?
Holding it with 2 fingers