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One ugly mother...caught in Gulf of Mexico

Goblin shark
Goblin shark
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Shrimper Carl Moore and his crew got the scare of a lifetime after netting a rare (female?) 18’ long goblin shark in the Gulf of Mexico, a creature more suited for an appearance at Halloween, rather than Cinco de Mayo with its flabby pink body, nail-like teeth, flattened elongated snout and small fins. Often referred to as a “living fossil,” the deep-sea creatures are said to lurk about 330’ below the surface, hiding in “upper continental slopes, submarine canyons, and seamounts throughout the globe.” They are also believed be the last representative of a line of sharks going back some 125 million years.

The shark was only the second ever found in the Gulf of Mexico. Although most are believed to live near Japan, others have been recorded in waters and although others said to live in Atlantic waters near Suriname, French Guiana, and southern Brazil in the west, as well as France, Portugal, Spain and Senegal, as well as in the Pacific and Indian Oceans off the coasts of Mozambique, South Africa, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Experts from NOAA stated that Moore is only the 10th person in the world to have “seen one alive.” After quickly taking a few photos of the creature to show his grandson, he threw it back into the ocean, happy to be rid of it.