Fisherman pulls a goblin from the deep
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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  • brintons
    5/06/2014 - 01:49 p.m.

    It expands form their body to help them catch their prey. Therefore they can catch their prey from a distace away deep in the ocean.

  • n.m.11blue
    5/06/2014 - 02:34 p.m.

    just looking at this shark gives me the creeps. Its very unatractive and scary. I would never want to be caught in any experience that has to do with this animal.

  • joshg-Koc
    5/06/2014 - 07:26 p.m.

    I think this is a once in a life time kinda moments here with the goblin shark. I think that the shrimp fisherman should have the reaction that he did. this is a weird experience to have ,but you could also help the rare spices of shark to be found and should be protected.

  • NicoK-5
    5/06/2014 - 11:20 p.m.

    A rare shark is found in the Gulf of Mexico. The rare goblin shark is usually found near Japan and South Africa. This is only the second one to be found in the Gulf of Mexico. The first one was found in 2000. The 65 year old man who caught it said he has never seen anything like it.
    I liked this article because it was interesting. I thought the shark was pretty creepy.

  • amandad-
    5/07/2014 - 09:00 a.m.

    This article is about the goblin shark and it took place in Mexico. The shark's jaw expand it's body to make it easy to capture prey. It happen today.

  • brady.q-
    5/07/2014 - 09:03 a.m.

    The story was about a fisherman caught the Goblin two sharks was found at Gulf of Mexico . They have sharp teeth. I never seen a goblin shark before.

  • im23nolife
    5/07/2014 - 10:06 a.m.

    The sharks jaw is said to expand fro its body so imagine it feeding on speedy prey. I also, imagine that if it's too slow the jaw mechanism it has gives it extra reach and more of a chance to catch prey.

  • AP21Softball18
    5/07/2014 - 10:06 a.m.

    The goblin shark's jaw helps it eat because it expands from their body. That means simply that he can get his mouth around the prey easier so it is much faster to catch. I guess it is known as a movable jaw like stated in the short story.

  • El9699
    5/07/2014 - 10:07 a.m.

    That is crazy!From the picture above,the shark looks like it has fur and is very bloody.I think the goblins jaw helps it eat smaller fish better.Its sharp teeth would chew the fish up more.

  • RMansaray123
    5/07/2014 - 10:08 a.m.

    Cool! Don't you just love new discoveries? I mean, a Goblin shark? Who would have known? I think this shark is like beyond unbelievable and although I to don't want to get caught between it's jaws, I can't help but be fascinated by this ugly looking shark.

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