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Rare Goblin Shark Caught near Florida Keys by Fishermen

Rare Goblin Shark

Fisherman, Carl Moore caught a rare goblin shark off the Florida Keys while hauling in his nets of shrimp.

Moore has been shrimping the Atlantic and the Gulf for 50 years and says he's “caught so much weird stuff: sawfish, Bahamian anglefish, loggerback turtles weighing 1,000 to 1,500 pounds.” But when he saw the goblin shark come from his trawling net full of royal red shrimp, Moore felt “disbelief.”

"I could tell it was a shark because I could see its tail," said Moore. "And when I lifted it up off the deck and the boys popped the bag, his head came out first and I told my boys, ‘man, what an ugly thing right there.'"

This rare deep-sea shark is believed to be only the second such specimen ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico.

Some have been seen in the Atlantic off the coast of Guyana, Surinam, French Guyana, France, Madeira, Senegal, Portugal, Gulf of Guinea and South Africa, according to NOAA. Goblins were recently recorded in the U.S. off the coast of California and in the Gulf of Mexico near Mississippi.

“We don’t know a lot about deep water fauna,” John Carlson, a research biologist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service said. “We know little about (goblin sharks) — we don’t know how long they live; we don’t know how often they reproduce, or even how big they are when they reproduce,” Carlson says. “They’re a mystery.”

Carlson said he and a colleague now are writing a paper on goblin sharks to submit to a scientific journal.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service Facebook page:

"A shrimp fisherman accidentally caught an 18 ft. goblin shark off the Florida Keys. NOAA biologists are working with the fisherman to collect important information about the shark, a known deep water species. Shortly after capture, the shark was released and swam away. Biologists encourage people to call and report these rare sightings and catches as the information they can collect allows them to know more about a species."

Fisherman Accidentally Catches Extremely Rare Goblin Shark

A shrimp fisherman near the Florida Keys recently got an unusual surprise. While hauling in his nets, the man looked at a goblin shark and realized he had mistakenly caught one

Rare Goblin Shark Accidentally Caught

Shrimp fishermen catch rare Goblin Shark off Florida Keys.


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