With a face of a demon, goblin shark looks like nothing else on Earth with a look of a prehistoric gargoyle. Having a rather suitable name, it can mostly be found in deep waters off Japan, where it was first discovered in 1897.
Goblin Shark Facts
The most recognizable feature of a monster-like goblin shark is a long dagger-like snout and protrusible jaws. When attacking, it pulls those fang teeth outwards, grabbing the helpless prey and sucking it into its mouth. Another distinguishing characteristic is the pinkish-gray skin. This specific skin color is not caused by skin pigments but by oxygenated blood in capillaries (tiny blood vessels) close to the body surface.
Goblin Shark Size
Goblin sharks are usually about 11 feet (3.3 m) long and weigh around 350 lb (159 kg), with some specimens being as long as 14 ft (4.3 m). Living up to 4250 ft (1300 m) below the water surface, it is a rare creature, but not endangered as you might expect. Strangely enough, it is not even classified as an endangered specie by the IUCN.
Little is known about this creatures feeding habits, but some of the noted prey includes deep sea fish and crabs. Glass squid is also known to become its prey. Similar to some other shark species, liver takes up one fourth of its body.
Although a fascinating creature, goblin shark is rarely fished by humans and is encountered as a bycatch in most cases.
Goblin Shark Pictures