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Shark Week Profiles: Goblin Shark

August 16, 2012

Image Source: Sea Pics

Species: Goblin Shark
Scientific name: Mitsukurina owstoni
Length: 7-13 feet
Distribution: Deep waters off Japan to Australia
Aliases: The f&@k is that thing??

The mostly-pink goblin shark doesn’t usually look like he does in the picture. See, he’s able to protrude his jaws out to snag his prey with those hooked teeth of his. Not that pulling those jaws in improves his looks any. Check out those jaws in action in the video below.

The goblin shark sticks to deep water, using that trowel like nose to dig along the ocean floor in search of tasty crabs and other shellfish. He’s a bit like the Forever Alone Guy of the shark world.

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  1. August 16, 2012 4:07 pm

    There was a special on this rare shark on the Discovery Channel in the US perhaps five years ago. Can’t remember exactly when:
    http://science.discovery.com/videos/goblin-shark/

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