Gruesome giant goblin shark caught off coast of Florida
Fisherman Carl Moore caught the 18-foot fish while trawling for shrimp
Scientists readily admit that we know more about outer space than the deepest depths of the Earth’s oceans – and in Florida the waters cast up a rather gruesome surprise.
A fisherman trawling for shrimp off the coast of Key West found an 18-foot-long goblin shark thrashing about in his net, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service reported.
The enormous catch was one of a rare species of shark that has only been seen in the Gulf of Mexico once previously, in 2002.
After the fisherman, named Carl Moore, had documented the catch on camera, the shark was released back into the water and subsequently swam away.
Mr Moore told the Houston Chronicle: “I didn't even know what it was.
"I didn't get the tape measure out because that thing's got some wicked teeth, they could do some damage."
The incident happened on 19 April, but it wasn’t until Thursday that Mr Moore reported the find to the NOAA and biologists are now working with him to gather further information about the shark, which usually inhabits deep waters off the coast of Japan.
The goblin shark is notable for its long head, tiny eyes and elongated, flat snout. It has a protrusible jaw with over 50 long, thin – and sharp – teeth. Its body is flabby and pinkish in colour with white fins.
But scientists are keen to know more about the ugly fish. University of Miami marine biologist David Shiffman told the Houston Chronicle: “They are a very rarely seen animal that has not been studied enough; as soon as the news got out, I got more than two dozen requests for different measurements.”
He added that although he was glad the goblin shark had been released back into the sea, he regretted the missed opportunity to study the giant fish in more detail.
- 1 Engineer pictured fixing plane's engine with 'duct tape' by concerned EasyJet passenger
- 2 Two-year-old says goodbye to bin man best friend
- 3 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 4 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 Remove smartphones from the hands of under-18s and maybe they will grow up to be less dumb
Engineer pictured fixing plane's engine with 'duct tape' by concerned EasyJet passenger
Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
Ancient 2,400-year-old gold bongs discovered in Russia
Porn stars in California may be forced to wear goggles under new legislation
Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity for an i...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity for the ...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time Administrator/Secreta...
£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading Mercedes-Ben...