Man catches rare shark in waters near Lakes Entrance in Victoria's east

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Jake Bourke

The rare shark the fisherman caught in waters off Lakes Entrance.

The rare shark the fisherman caught in waters off Lakes Entrance. Photo: www.setfia.org.au

The man who caught a rarely sighted frilled shark in the dark ocean depths near Lakes Entrance says the creature looked "like a horror movie" as it came out of the water.

David Guillot, skipper of the Western Alliance Vessell, told Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive he caught the "living fossil" at waters more than a kilometre deep.

"I've been at sea for 30 years and I've never seen a shark look like that," he said.

"It was like a large eel, probably 1.5 metres long, and the body was quite different to any other shark I'd ever seen.

"The head on it was like something out of a horror movie. It was quite horrific looking."

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(PHOTO: Supplied by SEFTIA)

The species, whose ancestry dates back 80 million years, was taken to the CSIRO where its identity was confirmed.

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