Goblin Shark (Video)

This is one of the weirdest of sharks I feel. This species of shark was first discovered in Japan, but they are found worldwide from Australia in the Pacific Ocean, to the Gulf of Mexico in the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike normal sharks the goblin sharks fins are not pointed, they are more low and rounded.

An early illustration of a goblin shark
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The pink colour that is in the goblin shark is due to blood vessels underneath a semi-transparent skin. This as far as I know is not found in any other shark. The goblin shark can grow to 3.3m or 11 feet.Β  It is a deep sea shark and is normally at around 250m or 821feet, the deepest specimen ever caught was found at 1,300m or 4.265 feet.

Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) at Natural ...
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The first goblin shark discovered was caught by a Japanese fisherman in the Kuroshio Current off the coast of Yokohama, Japan in 1897. This specimen was later identified as a 3.5-ft male shark. What makes this shark weird is the way its jaw works, which you can see in the 2nd video.

Mitsukurina owstoni
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In 1985, a goblin shark was discovered in waters off eastern Australia. Several specimens have been caught in the vicinity of New South Wales and Tasmania and are preserved at the Australian Museum. A four-meter long specimen was caught in waters off Tasmania in 2004. The shark was taken to the national fish collection in Hobart. In nearby New Zealand, a goblin shark was also caught in 1988.

In 2003, more than a hundred goblin sharks were caught off the northwest coast of Taiwan, an area in which they have previously not been found. Reportedly, the sharks were caught a short time after an earthquake occurred in the area.
Reference:- Wikipedia

Rare footage of goblin shark from Japanese aquarium.

Goblin shark attacks a diver. But don’t be fooled.
From Wikipedia:-
In August 2008, a live Goblin Shark was filmed in the wild in Japan by NHK (a short clip was broadcast as part of NHK Tokushuu on 31 August). During the shooting, the small (1.3 meter) goblin shark was shown biting into the wetsuit of a human diver’s forearm – however, this scene was staged in order to demonstrate the shark’s jaw movements, and goblin sharks basically present no threat to human divers under normal circumstances.
But still it is the best video that shows how the jaws of this shark works.

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22 Responses to Goblin Shark (Video)

  1. Texasjune says:

    I wonder if Darwin knew of this one. It is the perfect example of evolution work in progress! Rare and blatant proof.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Texasjune,
      I agree it certainly is a good example of evolution in progress, I would hate to think if this shark existed millions of years ago, (like the great white shark) what it would of been like.

  2. It is rather weird – the nose jutting out so far forward beyond its mouth. There must be zillions of species we have yet to discover. What a strange and wondrous world there is under the sea…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      As man is able to further down into the depths of the ocean, we are finding more and more mysterious sea life, and no doubt more yet to be discovered.

  3. malc50 says:

    Hi Mags, A Hollywood special effects person couldn’t dream up such a creature! Fact is often stranger than fiction. Cheers, Mal.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mal,
      That is so true, it’s a wonder they haven’t done some sort of movie on this shark, after all we have had killer piranha’s and the like. πŸ˜€

  4. barb19 says:

    That’s one weird looking shark, and the way it’s mouth works is even weirder! Hope I never run into one of those in our ocean here in Oz!
    Thanks for sharing this one Mags.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi barb19,
      The mouth of this shark is really scary the way it protrudes out like that, I’m with you, I would hate to run into this shark, and yes it has been seen in our Pacific Ocean, here in OZ, but lives only in very deep waters.

  5. Kymbo says:

    Oh wow…how weird is that! I thought I knew all the sharks (more or less) but I’ve never seen this one before.

  6. travelrat says:

    I’d have called it a ‘gobbling’ shark. Maybe somebody misheard? πŸ˜€

  7. holessence says:

    I’m oh-so-grateful humans don’t have noses like that…it’s would make it very difficult to kiss πŸ™‚

  8. It looks a bit as if it is two creatures, one having swallowed the other and left its head sticking out. I’ve never seen anything like this before. If only one had been found, you would say that it was some sort of anomaly, but they are all on the same “model”. I hope that I don’t have nightmares tonight!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Lady Marilyn,
      That is a very good way of describing this shark “like 2 creatures, one having swallowed the other”, when you think about it that is exactly how it looks when he goes to bite something. This shark would give anyone nightmares.

  9. dearrosie says:

    Gosh that’s a weird looking shark. From some angles while the shark was swimming in the first video the nose looks almost like an elephant’s trunk, but when you see it from the side with the mouth and teeth, then its just a huge weird flappy nose.

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