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Deep-Sea Shark Is The Thing Your Kids' Nightmares Are Made Of

Deep-sea creature or fodder for nightmares?

"Tell me a story, Mom!"

It's something kids ask time and again when getting tucked into bed. And after reading the same Curious George book for the umpteenth time, it's not uncommon to get a little creative and pull a tall tale out of the ol' noggin. But here is one story to avoid at all costs, and it has to do with a deep-sea creature that looks like its prehistoric ancestors, with dozens of razor-sharp teeth and an eel-like body that's sure to make one shudder. It's the frilled shark, and it's every bit as terrifying to look at as you'd imagine a 6-foot-long "sea serpent" would be.

Australian fishers pulled one such specimen out of the water this week, according to National Geographic. The spooky shark generally lives at depths of about 4,000 feet below the ocean's surface and is often called a "living fossil" because its anatomy is believed to have changed little in about 80 million years.

“It has 300 teeth over 25 rows, so once you’re in that mouth, you’re not coming out,” said Simon Boag, a member of Australia’s South East Trawl Fishing Association.

So remember, while it may be fun to tell your child the story about the real-life sea monster that's an inspiration for sailor folklore dating back centuries, it's probably best to just stick with "Little Bunny Foo Foo."

Image via Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images

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