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The Red Dragon…VERY INTERESTING
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On the 21 of January 2007, a 5 ft 3in shark was caught in Japanese waters. This may seem quite uninteresting, but the shark that was spotted is one of the very few unique species of shark that have survived without evolving at all.

Called the frilled shark (because of how it flares its gills), this shark has not changed for a HUNDRED MILLION years. Scientists do not know why it hasn’t evolved, and for a while it was even thought to be extinct. When it was discovered to be extant (i.e. still existing) many people called it the “living fossil”. This is because it is the only species in the shark family that completely avoided evolution!

We don’t see frilled sharks as regularly as those sharks from the Jaws movie, because the frilled shark can live as far as 5,150 ft below sea level.

Although they are rarely seen, they have been spotted in certain areas around the world… from northern Norway to France, Morocco, West Africa (where they have the 2nd kind of frilled shark, called the Southern African frilled shark, which only lives in the regions of South-Africa), New Zealand, Hawaii, Chile and other places…

The video below shows you the frilled shark that was spotted by a fisherman in Japan. It was 5.3 feet long (although they can range up to 6.6ft in length), but died shortly after it was moved to a seawater pool in Japan’s Awashima Marine Park.

You can see from the video that it has a body in the shape of an eel and has a very unique formed head. No other shark or fish has that.

Some people who don’t know that this shark is called the frilled shark have named it the red dragon… simply because it looks like one! The first Japanese textual reference to dragons referred to them in several ways. One of the words used to refer to a dragon was “Wani” 鰐 meaning sea monster. This translates to both ‘shark’ and ‘crocodile’.

Most of the Japanese dragons in the texts, like other Asian dragons, were associated with water and being water deities. They were depicted in ancient images as large, serpentine creatures, without wings and with clawed feet…

I have added more photos below…do take a look.

Tsem Rinpoche


Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Rare-Dragon-Shark-Found-In-Japan.flv


They have an asymmetrical tail fin and two big fins close to their head...

Does it look like a fish, eel or shark to you??

Unlike a normal shark's head, this one looks like it is almost detached

This is an artistic sculpture done in the 17th century in China. It is based on a Chinese legend of a carp who became a dragon. Look familiar?? Hehe

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Fong on Nov 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Earth’s ocean still has a lot more secrets for the scientists to unearth. Even the hot water vents from underwater volcanoes/fissures have a very different ecological system than other parts of the ocean due to the hot water and its sulfurous content.

So, can there be mysteries of the earth above water as yet unknown, especially in the very high mountains covered with snow for most pasts of the year? Can we know the earth to its fullest? Makes me wonder if the myths and legends of old has truth in it – of Loch Ness monster, of the sasquatch, of the Yeti.

Pastor Shin on Jan 7, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Thought by some cryptozoologists to be responsible for certain ‘sea serpent’ sightings, the eel-like frilled shark certainly looks the part!

The frilled shark was first scientifically recognized by German ichthyologist Ludwig Döderlein, who visited Japan between 1879 and 1881 and brought two specimens to Vienna. It is said to be a species that dates back between 95 and 150 million years.

Frilled sharks has 25 rows of backward-facing, trident-shaped teeth—300 in all! No wonder they look scary! Frilled sharks could gestate for as long as 42 months. They apparently can live up to 25 years.

In January 2015, another frilled shark was caught by a fisherman, David Guillot in Victoria, Australia. He caught the fish while trawling for fish at 1,100 meters . The shark is known to live at extreme depths in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans but is very infrequently caught because its habitat is mostly off-limits to fishing.

Even after modern humans put a dent in the populations of certain sea dwellers, frilled sharks continue to live on, since fishermen rarely trawled near the seafloor. However, populations of frilled sharks appear to be more vulnerable to disease now, perhaps due to pollution, habitat changes, climate change effects on water temperature and other stresses.

As human venture and explore more, we discover more species or species that we thought were extinct, like this frilled shark. Perhaps then Lochness, Big Foot, Yeti etc are just waiting to be found 🙂

Hayden Chan on Dec 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

This shark is unique. Its gills are popping out like a puffer fish’s thorns. This is not an ordinary shark. This is interesting. It looks like an eel. This is shark is cool. And I like it.

Edward ooi on Mar 9, 2014 at 1:11 am

Dear Rinpoche, if the shark didn’t die the scientists might have the chance to examine the shark so that we can understand more of it. And I didn’t really believed them when I first saw the post because the shark’s body looked like it has been edited. But later, I found out that the shark’s body was real. I wish I have the luck to see a living frilled shark.

Vinnie Tan on Jul 30, 2013 at 4:49 am

It is just amazing how creatures like this can still be found on the surface of Earth. It looks really like something that is very old and prehistoric.

It is saddening that it died after it is being captured and moved to the aquarium. But through this it also tells us another fact. It is that wildlife like these should not be kept in captivity in the first place, as it would affect their body very differently. Not only does it affect their bodies, but also affecting their emotions.

beatrix ooi on Feb 25, 2013 at 12:02 am

This is very interesting! I didn’t knew that it was a shark until I watch the video. I believe that there are more of them out there, we don’t see them doesn’t they do not exist. We will be surprised if we see a dragon flying up in the sky one day, who knows…
Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
Love, beatrix.

Julien Roth on Feb 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

This is such a cool Type of shark. Its such a shame that it had to die, i would have wanted this shark to survive so that i would be able to learn more about it. It is very interesting indeed Rinpoche. I loved watching the video and getting to know about the shark. Thank you for sharing.

Lucas Roth on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Wow this is amazing and cool, i saw this fish/shark/thingy before. I hope they didn’t kill it it they did then oh mani pedme hung.

edward ooi on Jan 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

This is just incredible! A shark haven’t evolve for Hundred Million Years, Wow! I am still thinking why this shark didn’t evolve for such a long time. I wish that I could see this shark with my own eyes and it will be so amazing to take a look at a living fossil. But unfortunately it died after being put in a saltwater aquarium for a few hours. Thank you for reading

Anila on Mar 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Same like human beings. There are many types of people of different skin colours. So are the sharks on this subject. As human beings if there is a crossbreed of the humans. You will find the babies that was born will not be the original. But will be a mixture of both original humans. So it is the same with the sharks. There may be a crossbreed of the sharks with a sea dragon ages ago. Or it may have been so many times it have been crossed and only now it has surfaced with a label attached with the name of the Red Dragon which I percieved are very similar to a dragon.

Dawnene on Feb 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I found this very fascinating though it made me extremely sad that the frilled “dragon” shark died shortly after captivity. Perhaps since they indicated they typically live in deep water, this one surfaced close enough to be captured because she/he was sick and dying anyway. I don’t agree with captive animal parks such as SeaWorld and Zoos. Animal rehabilitation is good and needed but to capture and cage animals outside of their nature habitats for the “enjoyment” of humans is not right.

Sarah on Feb 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Honestly, i find it scary, if i was face to face with this shark i’d probably fainted ROFL!… this is one of the reasons why the sea is not my favorite part of the planet. There’s just too many weird creatures in it!

But it is weird how this particular species of shark did not evolve throughout the centuries… it doesn’t look like an efficient swimmer (or at least it doesn’t in the video) nor does it look like it has a sturdy built. Yet it’s not extinct and not evolved! really amazing @@

patsy on Feb 17, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I think it looks like an eel even though its head looks like a dragon. It looks fierce but i think its quiet tame as it did not chased after the diver. It is sad that it died when moved to sea water pool

susan on Feb 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Dear Rinpoche
Thank you for this post. I think the frilled shark looks more like an eel. I’m quite surprised to see the diver got so near to the shark and yet the shark seemed fine with it.

Interesting that some creatures somehow didn’t evolve through the years, and subjected to changes in the environment and genes.

There are so many kinds of beings existing all at the same time… Just like what Rinpoche taught before, that when we look at the whole of existence and the vastness of the universe, the “I” become so small and insignificant,…thinking like this helps me let go of self delusions and put things into perspective. At that same time, this thinking also make me appreciate life so much better.

much appreciation
susan

Tom Myro on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:59 am

Eminence, Dharma Prince,

One could certainly see how this particular creature would inspire Japanese and Chinese Dragon images…

In the “Dragon king Sutra” the Tathatgata traveled to the underwater palace of the Dragon King, in order to preach a Sutra on the Ten Virtues to him.

Very Cool, Eminence!!!

Love,

–Tom

terri on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:39 am

Cool.

Deepa Prakash on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Dear Rinpoche,
I think you will find this interesting.
Best Regards,
Deepa

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by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 18, 2012

I have interests in many subjects. I just don’t have enough time in the day to get deeper into many of the subjects that captures my mind. One of...

Top 10 Space Mysteries

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 9, 2011

In something as big as the universe, there are bound to be unexplainable phenomena... and things we truly can’t grasp. The universe shows us how small we really are...

Resurrecting Mammoths

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 17, 2011

Researchers aim to resurrect mammoth in five years Japanese researchers will launch a project this year to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using cloning technology to bring the ancient...

A Planet discovered that could have life…..

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 30, 2010

Imagine there are 40 BILLION planets out there that can support life in our universe… Wow… There has to be other life forms. The mathematical chances is beyond doubt...

Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking – Time Travel

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 25, 2010

Watch enlightening documentaries online! Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking – Time Travel (2010).The promise of time travel has long been one of the worlds favorite scientific what-ifs? Hawking...

Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking – The Story Of Everything

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 25, 2010

Watch enlightening documentaries online! Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking – The Story Of Everything (2010) In two mind-blowing hours, Hawking reveals the wonders of the cosmos to a...

A Statue that came with Something Else

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 27, 2012

When we toy with the supernatural, we can expect the resultant effect coming back to us. Whether it is a good or bad effect depends on our motivation, and...

Paranormal Experiences Occur Everywhere – Part 2!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 8, 2012

In the late 80’s, I was a university student in Essex, England. I was living in a student hostel at the university ground. The hostel was a high-rise building...

Paranormal Experiences Occur Everywhere – Part 1!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 3, 2012

I like Steven Wong's stories very much as it shows that spirits and unseen beings are actually not restricted to specific areas like cemeteries or abandoned houses. Instead, they...

Bukit Antarabangsa Hauntings

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 2, 2012

Remember the Bukit Antarabangsa Landslide in 2008? What about the Highland Towers apartment building which collapsed in 1993? I am sure that you know many died during those two...

The Shadow On My Bed

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 18, 2012

More and more people are sharing their paranormal experiences with us, and I thank Mr. Michael Moore for sharing with us a very kind and sincere story... can you...

A Relieving Experience

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 17, 2012

Some people encounter with spirits directly and have disturbing experiences with the unseen whilst there are others who experience it very differently, where they feel that the incident has...

A swirl at the foot of my bed

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 24, 2011

  Perhaps Paranormal: Two night ago in the middle of the night in my hotel room, I woke up and noticed a dark swirling ‘entity’ that was not exactly...

The Lady in Red

by Admin | Sep 5, 2011

The two men disappeared into the woods and came out on the other side. They walked very fast without saying a word to one another. Finally, they stopped at...

Jean Ai

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 12, 2012

Thailand is known for their terrifying horror movies and you know what people say...where there is smoke, there is fire so when Jean Ai went to Bangkok to work...

JP Revisited

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 21, 2012

Whilst the Chinese have practised ancestral worship for centuries, for most people a visit to the graves of their forefathers stops there. A few offerings and some flowers, and...

David Lai

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 13, 2012

Quiet and unassuming, on first appearance David Lai does not come across as a person who has paranormal experiences. As they say however, looks can be deceiving...

JP

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 7, 2012

Facing college life in a new city, JP Thong had no idea what awaited him when he moved thousands of miles away from home to New York, where he...

Till I See Blood

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 2, 2012

After sleepless nights in Bangkok, Angel finally fell asleep, only to find herself struggling for her breath as she was rudely awakened by an unseen stranger. Feeling pressed down...

CJ

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 18, 2012

Many of us have heard that some people have the ability to see the dead and many of us have heard of the movie 'The Sixth Sense'. For 16...

Edward

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 10, 2012

There are many children around the world who tell their parents that they see dark figures. Most of the time, their parents would brush them off and tell them...

Snake Spirit

by Tsem Rinpoche | Dec 13, 2011

This week, I share with you a story that relates to the time when I was residing in southern Thailand. I stayed there for about a month to do...

Burmese Temple & Floating Heads

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 17, 2011

In this episode, we have exclusive rights to film at one of the most exotic locations in Malaysia at night: The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple. Founded on 1st August...

Red Face

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 1, 2011

This week, I share with all of you 2 paranormal stories. The first relates to the filming location: Shih Chung Branch School. Around 1885, the very first 5-storey bungalow in Penang...

Banging Pots

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 17, 2011

It was quite a busy period, thinking back to 15 years in Singapore, as a lot of people would come to see me for discussions… usually, these were relating...

The Hand

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 11, 2011

In early 90s, I shared a room with a monk in a house in Gadoh. At night, I would do my studies or do my readings usually while sitting...

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

They are Everywhere

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Whether we believe in aliens or not, it is undeniable that the thought of other beings existing in places unknown to mankind yet is interesting...

Foreign Visitor in the Amazon!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Alien enthusiasts are always eager to find the latest alien discovery or encounters. Over the years, hundreds of media releases turn out to be hoaxes… It’s difficult to figure...

Spotted in a Sandstorm

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 21, 2011

I received an interesting email from Philip Yong, which shows some live CNN footage of a sandstorm also known as a “Haboob”. What’s interesting to note about this live...

A HUGE Collection of UFO Photographs from 1870 to 2011

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

  I was sent an email with a link to one of the most interesting websites on UFOs: UFOCasebook.com! This website contains A LOT of information in the form...

Top 10 Space Mysteries

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 9, 2011

In something as big as the universe, there are bound to be unexplainable phenomena... and things we truly can’t grasp. The universe shows us how small we really are...

Astronauts & Military Men Speak

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 16, 2011

There are 2 videos below that are of UFOs. These are probably 2 of the most convincing videos on UFOs so far. This is mostly because the presenters are...

They’re Sighted Everywhere

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 31, 2011

This YouTube video was forwarded to me by Shirley Tan. It is of a UFO sighting on the 18th of January in Moscow, Russia. The video was taken from...

Second UFO sighting baffles China & Malaysia

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 24, 2010

Another unidentified flying object (UFO) has been spotted hovering over a part in southwestern China’s Chongqing province after a similar sighting last week caused massive flight delays at a...

More UFO videos from China!!! Very Convincing!!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 29, 2010

You have to watch these neat videos. They are very convincing. I copy and pasted the information below just so you have more to go on and understand. Enjoy...

Unsolved Mysteries – UFO’s & Me…

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 14, 2010

Since I was very young, I was naturally drawn to phenomena that was not accepted by ‘mainstream’ public. That didn’t bother me. I was always the type of person...

Reincarnation Videos YOU MUST WATCH!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 24, 2015

(28 Nov 2012) Dear friends, I wanted to share this videos with you for the longest time and happy I can do so now. Learn, ponder and enjoy. Reincarnation...

Pastor Chia on Wah Lai Toi!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Dec 29, 2012

Pastor Chia, a long time student of mine appeared on TV recently. He was interviewed by a Paranormal Program on Astro Wah Lai Toi. It is so exciting to...

Inhuman Entity caught on film

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 30, 2012

See this episode. It is very good. Very interesting! Look at 5:01 and see an inhuman entity caught on film. Very interesting how these beings can be caught on...

Bigfoot Proven?? Must Watch!!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 22, 2012

American Paranormal is a one year old series on the National Geographic channel. They kicked-off their new series in 2010 with a documentary on Bigfoot!! This documentary uses thorough...

The Mysterious Monsters – narrated by Peter Graves

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 22, 2012

Dear Everyone, Another favorite video of mine narrated by Peter Graves. He does a good job as he seems convinced in what he is narrating. I wish I can...

Foreign Visitor in the Amazon!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Alien enthusiasts are always eager to find the latest alien discovery or encounters. Over the years, hundreds of media releases turn out to be hoaxes… It’s difficult to figure...

Ancient Aliens – Season 1 to Season 3

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 16, 2011

Ancient Aliens is a series that launched their first episode on 20 April 2010. The series proposes various evidence around the theory that sometime within the existence of human civilization,...

League of Gentlemen visit ‘haunted’ Gloucestershire pub

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 21, 2011

Below is an article that my student, Shirley Tan, sent me. It is about a popular group of British comedians who decided to brave potential scares in a haunted...

Who are the Freemasons?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

The Freemasons are known to be very secretive and according to some people, almost cult-like. Cult is a very subjective word of course. Although I do not know much....

Are angels ancient aliens??

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

Many of us believe in angels. 70% of Americans, believe in the existence of angels… 55% of Americans believe in guardian angels. It is said that every day, one...

Ancient Aliens: The Return

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

“The Return” is the last episode of Season 1 of the Ancient Aliens series. In the 20th century there was evidence that we were still being visited by alien...

Ancient Aliens: The Mission (episode 4)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

If we can make expeditions in search of resources to sustain our culture, wouldn't any other life form who needs resources to survive do the exact same thing by...

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