Alien goblin Shark 1

The “alien” goblin shark, discovered in the late 19th century, named for its “creepy” appearance. Is one of the shark world’s most bizarre species.    Watch the video…

The goblin shark has a long, flat snout working like a metal detector.

Clinton Duffy, a conservation biologist with the New Zealand Department of Conservation, said:

“This arrangement allows the entire upper jaw to be dropped and then protruded forward during a bite.”

Alien goblin Shark
Image © Jason Armstrong / Australian Museum

“The common name Goblin Shark comes from the name given to the shark by the 19th century Japanese fishermen from Odawara, where the sharks were often caught. The fisherman called them ‘tengu-zame’ which translates as ‘goblin’ or ‘elfin’ shark. Allen Owston reported that the Goblin Sharks were most often caught in spring from a bank (underwater mass) 94.6 m deep, with depths of 540-720 m close by. Females were mostly caught, and it is believed they moved onto the bank to breed. The fishermen caught the sharks in nets, extracted oil from the liver and used the flesh for fertilizer.”

Alien goblin Shark 2
Image © Warrick Lyon

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