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Rare alien-looking goblin shark found off Florida coast

Rare Alien-Looking 'Goblin Shark' Found Off Florida Coast

Have you ever seen a goblin shark? Well, they're huge and creepy and one fisherman in Florida was pretty surprised to find just that in his shrimping net.

According to WTVJ "It was reeled in by a fisherman in Key West last month, and the fearsome finned creature has razor-sharp teeth and is around 18 feet long."

WTVT reports Carl Moore was on a shrimping expedition from Georgia when he caught the shark, which he said looked "prehistoric."

The 63-year-old told NBC he's caught other sharks before during his 15 years as a shrimping captain, but this one was way different. "I didn't know what it was. ... He had some mean-looking teeth and I didn't want to get caught up in those."

After releasing the shark and returning to shore last week, Moore reported his catch to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and discovered goblin sharks are actually really rare.

In fact, as Discovery notes, there isn't much known about the species - only that they usually linger very deep in the ocean. They also have moveable jaws that eerily expand from their bodies when capturing prey.

Experts say they are usually spotted at a depth of about 5,000 feet in waters near Japan and South Africa.

According to KeysNet, Moore's catch is only the second one ever recorded to be found in the Gulf of Mexico. The first one was found in 2000.

Moore says catching this alien-looking shark was the highlight in his 50 years of shrimp fishing.

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schlauger1 May 04 2014 at 9:07 PM

I'll say it again: The bloody mess in the photos is not the shark caught and released. It is one from another area, or the one caught in the Gulf of Mexico 14 years ago. It' common for Internet news agencies to use old stock photos to show how something looks.

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Eddie schlauger1 May 04 2014 at 9:17 PM

I wish you would analyze your mom's pucker this well... the fish is dead and I cant wait until you are too! So do us all a favor and dont say it again... you spineless hump!

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marcanagnos Eddie May 04 2014 at 10:55 PM

See, now if you actually had a life.....


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smoses80 Eddie May 05 2014 at 1:34 AM

What, Exactly, is WRONG with YOU???

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johnj1314 May 04 2014 at 8:23 PM

I am not sure who that was a picture of Barrack or Michelle. I should apologize to the shark. It is better looking than both of them.

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phillyboy May 04 2014 at 8:21 PM

Shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, shrimp cocktail, shrimp creole, goblin shark shrimp......

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buyin10k May 04 2014 at 8:17 PM

lets just kill everything sick ass world

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thorrsman buyin10k May 04 2014 at 8:38 PM

Why do you fly off the handle when you could have instead read the article and learned that this creature was released alive?

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omninsurance thorrsman May 04 2014 at 8:45 PM

What do you think the odds of it's survival would be?? Minimal at best!!!

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Edmindo thorrsman May 04 2014 at 9:06 PM

good luck with that notion, he was hoisted up by the tail, strange you would take a picture and not a video of it being released... its dead you dope!

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Camp Bulldog May 04 2014 at 8:12 PM


DAMN!!! I'm sorry...I got a flashback fart

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Gator Gary May 04 2014 at 8:11 PM

second one ever......ever is a long time

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momp94868 Gator Gary May 04 2014 at 8:40 PM

Ever in the Gulf of Mexico, you could learn to read the details. Golly, you think the guy meant to catch the thing?

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TTigerLilyx2 Gator Gary May 04 2014 at 8:42 PM

Found a dead sturgeon in some place east where they were thought to be fished out and extinct.
I think these poor animals are trying to find safety from the BP mess, radiation from Japan or Navy's weapons testing. Scary.

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RockNHula May 04 2014 at 8:10 PM

Why do he have to kill it? What's wrong with taking pictures of it, collecting some scales and tissue samples, then letting it go.

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Camp Bulldog May 04 2014 at 8:09 PM

Well...now its REALLY RARE

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jrsmage Camp Bulldog May 04 2014 at 8:12 PM

he released it according to the news

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rwitchwoman63 May 05 2014 at 8:27 AM

Poor thing probably drowned in that net...I feel bad for the shark.

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kevedski May 04 2014 at 8:23 PM

I'm sure it is still alive, that blood coming out of its mouth is probably just from a loose tooth.

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debij kevedski May 04 2014 at 8:30 PM

Maybe from his lunch

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eternitysmine1 debij May 04 2014 at 9:03 PM


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