Monday, May 5, 2014

Rare Goblin Shark caught 2nd time in Gulf of Mexico

Georgia shrimper caught second rare Goblin Shark in Gulf of Mexico. Fisher Carl Moore was not sure what he captured last week, after taking photographs it confirmed that it was Goblin Shark. Goblin Shark Lives 1,000 to 3,000 feet under water. It happened second time and the first since 2000, shark expert John Carlson said. Carlson, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research biologist said, "Some would call them 'ugly.' I think, 'interesting.'

He caught it on April 19, when Carl Moore and his crew had set nets off the western shore of Key West. Moore thought that shark was about 15 feet, but when Carlson (NOAA) analysed Moore’s photographs it was about 18 feet long. Moore has been shrimping the Atlantic and the Gulf for 50 years, but when he caught Goblin shark into his trawling net, Moore felt "disbelief” and said first thing to boys was, 'Man, he's ugly!   

The goblin shark is a rare discovers at around 2,000 feet (610 meters) deep that feeds mainly on teleost fishes such as rattails and dragon fishes. John Carlson said we are assuming it is a female Goblin Shark whereas we are not found any male characteristics.

"I didn't even know what it was. I didn't get the tape measure out because that thing's got some wicked teeth — they could do some damage," Moore told the Houston Chronicle, the newspaper that first reported on the unusual catch. 

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