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Icelandic Sea Monster - Frilled Shark
Dr. Melvyn Willim, in Monsters Caught on Film: The Frilled Shark -- "...They inhabit deep waters around the world and are said to have changed very little since prehistoric times. They do not tend to surface regularly, but it is possible that an occasional 'sea serpent' sightin may have been caused by the appearance of suh a creature. They feed on squid and other sharks and, although they are not known to attack humans, annoy them at your peril." (Page 134)
The pictures at the top were taken in "east" Iceland. The lower pictures come from 2007 from the Indonesian/Japanese Fisheries. Even a duffer at fishing like me can see that the shape of the head and gills of the specimen caught on video in Iceland, and the specimen from 2007, are almost exactly the same. I do wish that the stills from Iceland had been made with at least a wider view of the area in which the animal appeared, for the sake of scale of the animal and the land on which the photographer was standing.
NOTE: I have been to Iceland (1975-1976) with the U. S. Navy, and visited the aquarium on the island of Heimaey (Hee-ah-may). Even in the aquarium, it can be seen that some very unusual creatures inhabit the waters around the island!
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