Photo credit: Carl Moore

While trawling for shrimps along the Florida Keys area on 19 April, fisherman Carl Moore and his crew accidentally pulled up a 4.6m long Goblin Shark.

According to the report on Yahoo!, scientists say that the rare catch is only the second of its kind ever seen in the Gulf of Mexico.

The first discovery was in the same waters back in 2000 when one got caught in a ghost crab net off the coast of Louisiana, and that one measured at about 5.5m, the largest ever recorded.

Moore told reporters from the Houston Chronicle that he had no clue what the creature was and immediately tossed it back into the ocean.

He said: “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.”

However, shark expert John Carlson, who got into the mix after the fishermen reported the sighting to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was able to identify that Moore’s rare find was likely a female because it lacked male sexual appendages known as claspers.

The Goblin Shark has pink skin and dagger like teeth, and is usually seen in deep waters off the coast of Japan at depths which range between 300 and 900m.

They probably feed on small fish and squid, spearing them with their sharp teeth.

Till today, not much is known about the elusive creature.

“As a whole we know very little about these animals—how old they get, how fast they grow, where their nurseries are,” Carlson told Live Science.

“Scientists haven’t done a lot of deepwater surveys, so they don’t know if the sharks are really rare, or just haven’t been seen.”


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