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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Rare footage of goblin shark from Japanese aquarium.
Goblin shark attacks a diver. But don’t be fooled.
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.