Florida Fisherman Accidentally Snares Terrifying Goblin Shark

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A fisherman trawling for shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Key West, Florida, got the surprise of his life when he pulled up the nets on April 19th - intermingled with the tiny shrimp was a giant shark, the kind that one would only expect to encounter in a horror movie! What was even scarier, was that the shark was alive and menacingly trashing around the deck, trying its best to escape.

While Carl Moore was too scared to go near enough to measure it, he did take a few photos of the hideous creature for his 3-year-old grandson who loves sharks. That turned out to be fortuitous for all of us, since unknown to Moore, the creature he had accidently picked up was a goblin shark, the most elusive member of the shark family.

Sometimes referred to as 'living fossils', the fish are normally known to dwell at depths of 5,000 feet in waters near Japan and South Africa. This is only the second sighting of this scary looking animal off the Gulf Coast. The last one that occurred a decade ago, created so much excitement that it resulted in a scientific paper about the creature.

Given that only ten people, a number that includes Moore, have ever seen the goblin shark, very little is known about them.

The bright pink creatures sport a long pointy snout that mask some terrifyingly sharp teeth which stay well hidden, until its time to attack. The deep sea dwellers are known to eat everything that comes their way including rays and other sharks.

Though shark experts are not sure how the fish developed their unusual color, they believe it helps provide a perfect camouflage. That's because at the depths of the ocean they lives in, red appears black, making the sharks invisible to unsuspecting prey. The researchers have also discovered that the goblin shark's long snout is equipped with electrical sensors that allow it to locate prey, even when it cannot hear or see it. What the researchers do not know, is how many of these ancient creatures exist and how long they live.

Not surprisingly, the photos of the latest goblin shark has created tremendous excitement amongst shark lovers all over the the world The scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who examined Moore's photos on May 1st, believe that the specimen was about 18-feet long and think that it was a female - though they are unable to confirm that for sure.

While some shark lovers wished that the rare fish had not been tossed back, so that they could have had a chance to examine it, Moore who has been a fisherman for 50 years has no regrets. As he succinctly puts it "That's my ocean out there and anything in it concerns me..I know the value of trying to preserve things,". As for his grandchild? He thought his grandfather's terrifying find was 'cool'!

Resources: chron.com, theguardian.com

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1734 Comments
  • SAVE THE SHARKSFriday, October 11, 2019 at 10:14 am
    everyone needs to be nicer and kinder to these poor creatures!
    • boiFriday, October 4, 2019 at 8:19 am
      so sad
      • xx_ianmui_godx
        xx_ianmui_godxMonday, September 30, 2019 at 7:42 am
        Since i am a fisher i catched a tiny shark it was about 16 pounds i sometimes go fishing if i ever see a goblin shark ive been tryna catch it. Take a photo then leave it be.
        • its nice Friday, September 6, 2019 at 10:44 am
          wow cool
          • shamblinjesse
            shamblinjesseTuesday, September 3, 2019 at 1:51 pm
            Wowowowowowowowow
            • live_wolf
              live_wolfSunday, August 25, 2019 at 5:50 pm
              why do people hunt sharks.... ye they kill hundreds of us but we kill thousands of them
              • PinkFriday, June 7, 2019 at 10:47 am
                I should scream if that happened to me because I don't like the ocean that much but I do agree with the man they are rare so we need to take care of nauture
                • tox1c_wolf
                  tox1c_wolfThursday, May 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm
                  why do people kill sharks there peaceful animals. sure they killed some people, but humans kill millions of them every year. some sharks help us. poor sharks, they can't live peaceful.
                  • yo-yoTuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:02 am
                    aww, poor shark. i don't understand why everyone hates sharks and are so scared of them... if you don't like sharks, then don't go in or near the ocean. simple as that. and, yeah... sharks do, occasionally eat humans. unfortunately, that's the circle of life and we'll just have to deal with it. there's also something called the "food chain." it's how animals survive. most of us survive off of animals as well so i don't see a problem. just something to think about.
                    • dragonqueen13
                      dragonqueen13Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10:58 am
                      Yeah! And if they do eat a human most of the time the shark had mistaken it for its normal food
                    • adredMonday, April 22, 2019 at 6:26 am
                      cool