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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  • cm10red
    5/07/2014 - 10:12 a.m.

    That is crazy. I would be afraid to catch a shark at all, baby or not. This kind of shark, though, looks really mean. I would not want to encounter him in an ocean. The sharks teeth could probably kill anything it wanted to. You don't know how fazed I would be if I ever saw one, but catching it? That's way too frightening for me.

  • ah07pink
    5/07/2014 - 10:14 a.m.

    I cant beleive they really found a new shark it really is terrible frighting looking to extra scary and I would not want to be the guy who found it either I would be so grossed out and terrified. And i wonder why they call it the goblin shark anyways?

  • NM16
    5/07/2014 - 10:16 a.m.

    The goblin sharks jaws help it eat because they are move able and they can expand from their bodies when they capture prey. I think it is cool because he is the second person to capture one since they stay 4,000 feet under water and are near Japan and South Africa, and the last person to see one was in 2000.

    5/07/2014 - 10:55 a.m.

    This is a great discovery. Now that this fisherman has caught this "goblin shark", scientists can do more research on it. Even though it is dead now they can still look at its bone structure and see what it eats based on examining its teeth. If there are more of these creatures, scientists and marine biologists can study them with a submarine because they live so far underwater. They could also watch them to see if they are a threat to other species.

    5/07/2014 - 11:01 a.m.

    That shark looks pretty scary this shark has a different complexion from the shark i seen that's good that we found it again maybe they could have like a search for more like a TV show that would be pretty cool.

    5/07/2014 - 11:03 a.m.

    That's amazing! this mysterious creature is absolutely mind blowing. it indeed does look like a prehistoric creature. though it is a shame that the poor guy was removed from its home down under, especially since it is so rare.

    5/07/2014 - 11:14 a.m.

    These types of sharks are very rare in the gulf of mexico which makes this one a once in a life time deal for some people. They live deep down in the depths of the ocean where preistoric animals once lived and thrived.

    5/07/2014 - 12:04 p.m.

    This is kinda scary. To think that an eighteen foot long shark lives in the ocean, and it has only been caught in the Golf of Mexico one other time. That leads to the question of how many their actually are. For all we know, they live so far down in the ocean normally that they are a multitude of them, and only a couple go topside.

    5/07/2014 - 12:14 p.m.

    That "goblin" sharks seems very ferocious. I suppose one of its natural prey are shrimp, since it was caught by a group of them. It seems very unlikely for a shark to not notice the net and to be caught in it, knowing how fast they can be. The fact these sharks have a very unusual appearance and have only been found very few times may bring up many theories about their origin. Personally, I believe this shark would be considered a monster in the ocean.

    5/07/2014 - 12:23 p.m.

    This man is very lucky to have caught such a rare creature. Because it is so rare, they should try to preserve this thing for as long as they can to run tests and find out more about it. Although the thought of this creature swimming around in the same waters that we swim in is quite frightening, they should release it back to where they found it.
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