Rumors Of Viral “80 Million-Year-Old Shark” Are Proven To Be False

There are times when things may circulate on Twitter and we find them difficult to believe. Perhaps that is how many people felt when a video of an 80 million-year-old shark was posted.

The video, which was taken at Awashima Marine Park in Japan, is from 2007, according to Reuters. When was posted just recently, however, more than 8 million people saw it.

Photo: Twitter/@historyinmemes

In the video, you see a frilled shark. Undoubtedly, this is a rare sighting because they typically live at depths of anywhere from 400 down to 4000 feet, according to Oceana.

The shark, which can grow up to 7 feet long, has more than 25 rows of teeth that make it look as if it could produce quite a bite. They are seen from time to time in areas such as Australia, Portugal, and Norway.

Photo: Twitter/@historyinmemes

I’ll be the first one to admit that this shark does seem as if it has some age to it. It’s an unusual-looking specimen and the species itself is sometimes referred to as a living fossil.

That being said, this particular shark is not 80 million years old, according to Reuters.

Photo: Twitter/@historyinmemes

Perhaps the confusion came from the fact that fossils of the species have been found to be at least 80 million years old.

In other words, they have been swimming around in the ocean for that amount of time but this shark was not swimming with the dinosaurs.

Perhaps it could have been worded a little better in the video caption.

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