There are over four-hundred different species of sharks in the world today, and one of the rarest of them was just recently netted. A Goblin Shark was accidentally caught in the Gulf of Mexico by Shrimp harvesters.
Unbelievably, this is only the second shark of its kind to ever be seen by human eyes in the Gulf of Mexico.
Seeing this shark in the Gulf of Mexico is so uncommon that the last sighting was over ten years ago. It is usually found in the depths of the ocean off the coast of Japan.
The shark is fascinating because it has such a unique and prehistoric look to it. It is obviously very different from other sharks. It has an elongated snout, sharp, thin teeth and is quite different in shape as well.
The fishermen on deck when the shark was caught were shocked to see it. “I didn’t even know what it was,” said one of the fisherman. “I didn’t get the tape measure out because that thing’s got some wicked teeth, they could do some damage.”
Researchers on the other hand were very excited over the discovery. They currently know very little about the species. They couldn’t tell you how old it can live for or how big it can get.
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The pinkish color of the shark is intriguing. Scientists have predicted that the color of the shark helps it to camouflage itself to prey. Deep in the ocean, this color allows it to appear almost invisible.
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It would be amazing if we were all able to see this beautiful creature in person as it’s one of the rarest and most interesting sharks in the world.