That’s no shrimp! Florida shrimp fishermen accidentally net the second ever ‘prehistoric’ goblin shark

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  • The goblin shark is known to live in the deep waters of Japan and a Gulf sighting is so rare that its the first in over 10 years
  • Scientists don’t even know how big or old goblin sharks become
  • The shark is pink/ red in color because in the deep ocean red appears black and makes the shark invisible to predators and prey
  • The shark has a jaw that snaps open like a Venus fly trap


Shrimpers fishing in the Gulf of Mexico accidentally netted a prehistoric looking goblin shark that is the rarest of all sharks ever to be seen by human eyes.

The goblin shark nabbed off Key West, Florida which was 18-feet-long, pink, and has a long snout to conceal it pointy teeth from prey is the second ever of its kind to be seen in the Gulf.

The goblin shark is known to live in the deep waters of Japan and a Gulf sighting is so rare that its the first in over 10 years.

SF Gate reports that the goblin sighting 10-years-ago was so exciting for researchers that a scientific paper was written.

The crew of fisherman who made the latest catch had a net 2,000 feet under water and were shocked to find a massive pink shark among the shrimp they catch on a daily basis. 

The prehistoric looking creature sometimes called the ‘living fossil’ thrashed on the deck and had teeth so sharp that the fishermen were too afraid to pull out the tape measure and hold it up to the mysterious creature.

‘I didn’t even know what it was,’ said fisherman Carl Moore to SF Gate.

‘I didn’t get the tape measure out because that thing’s got some wicked teeth, they could do some damage.’

Instead of keeping the shark to do research, Moore decided to snap a quick photo of the fish with his cell phone then release it back into the water.

Moore showed a photo of the shark to his grandson who was thrilled with the discovery.

‘My 3-year-old grandson, he just loves sharks so I’ve been taking pictures of every one we find, when I showed him this one he said, ‘Wow, Pappa!’ Moore said.

The shark was netted on April 19th but it wasn’t until yesterday that Moore reported his catch to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Based on photographs researchers guessed that the shark was a female and at least 18-feet-long.

‘This is great news,’ said John Carlson, shark connoisseur at NOAA. 

‘This is only the second confirmed sighting in the Gulf, the majority of specimens are found off Japan or in the Indian Ocean and around South Africa.’


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