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 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 3 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'
Isis 'bulldozes' Nimrud: UNESCO condemns destruction of ancient Assyrian site as a 'war crime'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Westboro Baptist Church couldn't picket Leonard Nimoy's funeral because they didn't know where it was
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
£65000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Technical Presales Engineer - central London ...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Physiotherapist / Sports Ther...
£8 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Sales Executives / Advisors are required...
£14000 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for a...