Rare Goblin Shark Caught- Sport Fishing Magazine

Courtesy of Sport Fishing Magazine

 

If sharks weren’t scary enough, this one had to come along.

According to Sport Fishing Magazine, an estimated 15-foot goblin shark was caught south of Key West, Fla., on April 19.

“80 percent of these specimens have been caught off Japan, whereas this one was caught near the gulfstream south of Key West,” said John Carlson, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research biologist. “We were very excited — we were jumping up and down after seeing the photos.”

Photo courtesy Sport Fishing Magazine, sportfishingmag.com

Photo courtesy Sport Fishing Magazine, sportfishingmag.com

According to the article it was only the second ever-caught goblin shark in the Gulf of Mexico. The first being in 2000, which was an 18-footer accidentally wrapped up in a crab fishery off the coast of Louisiana.

The Key West-caught goblin shark estimated to be 15 feet. Carlson said this one was caught between 1,000 to 3,000 feet when the shrimp net was pulled back to the surface. He said that goblin sharks have been theorized as a mesopelagic (660 to 3300 feet) species and tend to feed on squid.

For the complete articlr, please check out: Rare Goblin Shark Caught off of Key West Fla.

 

 

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