Florida fisherman catches rare Goblin shark
A Florida shrimper accidentally caught a very rare Goblin Shark off the coast of Key West, Florida, last month.
Goblin sharks are so rare, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this is only the second time one has been seen in the Gulf of Mexico.
They are normally found off the coast of Japan.
The fisherman, Carl Moore, said he didn’t bother to measure the 18-foot shark it because it was thrashing too much and it’s big mouth full of sharp teeth was too dangerous to get close to.
Moore says even though he caught the Goblin shark April 19th, he didn’t report it to the NOAA until Thursday.
NOAA says the catch is “an important scientific discovery”. The last specimen was found in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2000.
The shark is very unusual looking, with an elongated, flattened snout and a protruding jaw with narrow, jagged teeth.
Researchers know very little about goblin sharks, including how long they live and their mating habits. They do know that goblin sharks live in very deep water.
“It freaked me out, man,” Moore said this week. “I’ve never seen something so ugly in my life.”