In a rare catch, commercial angler Carl Moore netted a goblin shark in the Gulf of Mexico. While unsure of his catch when he saw the blade-like snout, he clicked the images, which confirmed that it was indeed a goblin shark.
The goblin shark is a rare species of shark that is only found in deeper seas. This is the second time that such a rare shark has been netted in Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists often look ahead for any information, given the fact that not much is known about the species.
Carl Moore took ample pictures of the shark caught by him and later on released the giant back in the ocean.
He contacted U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the images.
John Carlson, who is a shark expert with NOAA, said, “We don’t know how long they live; we don’t know how often they reproduce, or even how big they are when they reproduce. They’re a mystery”
Moore said the shark was about 18 feet long, while Carlson and others saw the images to anticipate the length to be around 15 feet. Carlson also said that the shark is a female, given the features that are known.
This goblin shark was caught at a depth of 2,000 feet, which is the generally the end of the average range known for the species. These sharks are typically found from 2,000 to 3,000 feet under water, and this makes the species as compared to other sharks.
Sharks have sensors named ampullae of Lorenzini in their heads, which helps them to find electrical signals for animals and fishes round.
The goblin shark has an unusual head, which gives the species some advantage, same as hammerhead sharks, said Carlson. Goblin sharks attack their prey with needle shaped teeth, which are more like knives.
The first appearance of a goblin shark in the same Gulf of Mexico was reported and documented in 2000, while the last time the species was found, it was 1970s around the North Atlantic.
These sharks are found in waters close to Brazil, French Guiana, Colombia and Japan.