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?