Manzanos 'Godzilla Shark' displayed and scanned

Created: 05/16/2014 6:38 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a moment 300 million years in the making. Scientists and researchers gathered Friday morning at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho to unveil a humongous creature that was discovered last May in the Manzanos by J.P. Hodnett, who is excited to see his monstrous discovery with the help of modern technology.

"Imagine a shark face coming at you covered in teeth. It'd be like some horror film 300 million years ago," Hodnett said.

The creature is called a Ctenacanth (pronounced ten-a-canth). Fossils of these big bad boys popped up in Scotland, but it's the first one here in America. Its stumpy teeth, reptilian skin, large spines, and its sheer size is why Hodnett calls this the "Godzilla Shark" and this New Mexico shark is a lady.

"It's the largest fish ever discovered in this location in the Manzanos. It dwarfs everything else from this area," Hodnett said.

The Godzilla Shark was at the medical center to get her head examined via CT scan to see if she's related to the sharks of today and also to make a 3D model.

The results show that the Godzilla Shark is an "advanced primitive predator," meaning that there are no descendents of this shark.

Hodnett hopes to display his fantastic finding at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science here in Albuquerque soon.

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