It is a face which can give you jitters. Some may call it the ugliest creature on earth but for some it could be the most interesting discovery- a live Goblin Shark, only the second one ever caught in history. Commercial fisher Carl Moore caught and photographed it before releasing it. Its identity has been confirmed now as the Goblin Shark, the second such specimen caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
These sharks are the denizens of the deep and are seldom encountered. There is very little information available of these deep dwelling creatures. Therefore when Commercial fisher Carl Moore photographed the creature and contacted NOAA, it created quite a flutter. The pictures were referred to John Carlson, a research biologist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service.
Carlson says, “We don’t know how long they live; we don’t know how often they reproduce, or even how big they are when they reproduce. They’re a mystery.”
Moore further said that the shark could be about 5.4 meters long. Carlson and his fellow researchers however concluded that the shark could about 15 feet long and looking at the pictures it is evident that it was a male goblin shark since it had claspers, two fin-like appendages near the tail that males use to hold on to females while mating.
The Goblin Shark was caught at shallower depths of 610 meters where the shark could be searching for shrimps. Normally the Goblin shark is found much deeper at 2000 to 3000 feet. The Goblin Shark is one of the deepest dwelling shark and its unconventional features could be adaptations to its deep habitat. The unusually large forehead of the shark bears a series of sensors known as ampullae of Lorenzini, which enable them to pick up the electrical signals of animals around them. Once the prey is located, the rest of the job is done by its knife like sharp teeth which sinks into the soft body of its preys which include squids and fishes.