The Goblin shark is crazy in many ways, crazy looking and crazy rare. Especially in the Gulf of Mexico, where Florida Keys shrimp fisherman, Carle Moore was dragging in 2000 feet of water for royal red shrimp.
This eighteen-foot long shark came up alive and the crew managed to get a rope on its tail and get it back in the water. NOAA reports that this is only the second known goblin shark in the Gulf of Mexico. Though seldom seen, these sharks are normally found in the Indian Ocean and off South Africa and Japan.
Mr. Moore said it would probably be the highlight of his fifty-year career as a shrimper.
One of the best parts about fishing the deep is you never know what strange creature might come to the light.
Photo Credit: The Grind
The rarely seen goblin shark does make an impression when a specimen is found. They live in the depths of the oceans between 900 to 4000 feet and have been found all around the world, though very few specimens have ever been caught. Their very unusual mouth and snout make a grotesque image that is fascinating. They are thought to grow to around 12 feet long. One specimen was kept in a Japanese aquarium, but it only lived about a week.