Fisherman pulls a goblin from the deep This goblin shark was caught in the Gulf of Mexico (YouTube)
Fisherman pulls a goblin from the deep
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A rare shark has been pulled up from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. And it's not pretty.

It's called a goblin shark. The shrimp fisherman who caught it in his net said it looked prehistoric. It was about 18 feet long, with razor-sharp teeth.

The 63-year-old fisherman told NBC he's caught other sharks before during his 15 years as a shrimping captain, but this one was way different.

"I didn't know what it was. ... He had some mean-looking teeth and I didn't want to get caught up in those."

Because the sharks usually live very deep -- at depths of about 4,000 feet and mostly in seas near Japan and South Africa -- there isn't a lot known about them. They also have moveable jaws that can expand from their bodies when capturing prey.

The goblin shark caught off Key West is only the second recorded to be found in the Gulf of Mexico. The first one was in 2000.

Critical thinking challenge: How does the goblin sharks jaw help it eat?

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  • samf-g
    5/05/2014 - 08:16 p.m.

    This is really cool they should have some really big search for another one so they can breed them and get more so then maybe they wont go completely extinct this is truly a dinosaur.

  • RickyQ-4
    5/05/2014 - 09:10 p.m.

    a shark was found recently. the shark is very rare and is called the goblin shark. the man who caught it was 63 years old. he did not know what is was when he puled it up and said "he had some mean looking teeth and i didn't want to get caught up in those."

    that thing is nasty. that is crazy that thing actually exists. i hope i never see one of those things. ind i agree i would not want to get caught up in that. no body got time for that.

  • KiyanaF-2
    5/05/2014 - 09:34 p.m.

    In the Gulf of Mexico a shrimp fisherman caught a shark, in fact a goblin shark and its not pretty. The fisherman thought it looked prehistoric,"I didn't know what it was. ... He had some mean-looking teeth and I didn't want to get caught up in those." The shark usually lives about 4,00 feet of water which is why their a lot unknown about the shark. The goblin shark caught off key west is the second recorded to be found in the Gulf of Mexico. The first was in 2000.

  • garrettA-4
    5/05/2014 - 09:50 p.m.

    A rare shark, called the Goblin shark, was found off the Gulf of Mexico by a shrimp fisherman. It was 18 feet long with razor-sharp teeth and looked prehistoric, according to the fishermen. The fisherman had caught sharks before but with this one he didn't even know what it was. The Goblin Shark usually lives at depths about 4,000 feet and is seen mostly near Japan and South Africa.This was only the 2nd Goblin Shark ever found in the Gulf. This shark is really creepy looking with moveable jaws that can expand from their bodies when capturing prey. I wouldn't want to be swimming next to him!

  • PJS-3
    5/06/2014 - 01:44 a.m.

    This article is about a goblin shark that was caught in the Gulf of Mexico. The shark was 18-feet long and had razor sharp teeth. The fisherman was 63-years old and had never caught a shark that looked like that in his 15 years as a shrimp captain. This kind of shark normally lives very deep down in the ocean, at about 4,000 feet. They tend to live near Japan and South Africa. When catching their prey, the shark's jaw can expand from its body. I thought this article was very cool, but disgusting at the same time. From the picture, the shark looks very frightening.

  • milleniab
    5/06/2014 - 08:51 a.m.

    I think that's its cool that a fisherman found a shark but the shark is not pretty its ugly but its got blood all over it or red stuff all over it its very cool to me.

  • anag7916
    5/06/2014 - 08:57 a.m.

    i think that shark looks nasty and to be honest that kinda looks like a shark but it looks like a shark that his skin has been pilled away it looks harmless.

    • tristens-Mil
      5/07/2014 - 02:07 p.m.

      I think the shark is nasty but cool at the Sam time and I also think that it looks like its gum has been pulled out of his mouth

  • breiannel
    5/06/2014 - 09:57 a.m.

    i wonder how did they get that big shark out of the ocean or water thats so nice of them i would love to rescue a shark and give them food.....

  • sb28bookworm
    5/06/2014 - 10:08 a.m.

    I would never want to encounter such a shark in my life. I've never seen anything like it and it scares me. The sharks jaws are designed in such a way thatit can expand to catch prey.

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