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?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/fisherman-pulls-goblin-deep/

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COMMENTS (348)
  • alexh_227
    5/06/2014 - 11:11 a.m.

    This shark looks really weird it definitely looks prehistoric. I hope i never run into one of THESE things because they are UGLY! I wonder how many more of these there are and why they look like that? Their jaws would help them catch prey easier since their jaws expand from their bodies. That is just straight NASTY! But still a very cool thing.

  • AnnabellC723
    5/06/2014 - 11:11 a.m.

    The Goblins jaw helps it eat ,because it can move it jaw from its bone.The captain claimed that he had "Razor Sharp Teeth and did not want to get his hand in his mouth" neither would I it look like a he had at least 30 teeth SHOWING imagine how much more

  • Carolineh305
    5/06/2014 - 11:11 a.m.

    I can't believe it! Only two have been found in the years 2000-2014! I can't imagine what it would be like to be that fisherman. He was probably scared a little bit, I know I would be. Think about it, a prehistoric looking shark shows up in your net, what would you do?

  • codydbz1
    5/06/2014 - 11:13 a.m.

    This shark looks really weird it definitely looks prehistoric. I wonder how many more of these there are and why they look like that? Their jaw would help them catch prey easier since their jaws expand from their bodies.

  • Alexl608
    5/06/2014 - 11:13 a.m.

    The jaws help the shark eat because , the shark has movable jaws that can expand from their bodies when they are capturing prey. Which I think is gross. The shark is like no other, and I bet that people will keep finding more.

  • braedenh-Dou
    5/06/2014 - 11:13 a.m.

    It looks creepy those must be rare I would be horrified if I saw that, I wonder if it was alive with the dinasours too.

  • Joyceq
    5/06/2014 - 11:14 a.m.

    Very rare! In fact he must be pretty lucky yet brave to catch one of those. I would love to see one of those in person but yet I wouldn't they are pretty dangerous. They look so creepy and disgusting but very cool. AHH! I wanna touch one! Must be a pretty fierce shark

  • Priscilasb320
    5/06/2014 - 11:14 a.m.

    This is so cool yet creepy at the same time. They found a prehistoric shark that is really rare, like seriously how cool is that?

  • vaishants-Dou
    5/06/2014 - 11:17 a.m.

    That is weird that they found a gobilin shark.I thought they live deep in the ocean really deep.How can a gobilin shark get in the net weird

  • ryleab-Dou
    5/06/2014 - 11:18 a.m.

    That is the weirdest shark I have ever seen.I heard that the goblin shark is so rare and that only about 10 people on earth has seen a goblin shark.

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