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Discovery made alongside rare goblin shark sparking excitement



Scientists are still shocked about the rare goblin shark pulled out of the Gulf the other week, but it's not just the shark that has scientists so excited.

Lying among a pile of shrimp are several large isopods, leading researchers to believe that the fisherman may have stumbled upon a small
ecosystem.

While giant isopods, which are similar to shrimp or crabs, aren't rare, what's interesting is the amount of isopods that were caught in one net.

Scientists Spot Something Interesting Beside Rare Goblin Shark

In an email to Chron, marine biologist Andrew Thaler said, "They're usually spread pretty thin and only occur in abundance around a food source. So, I hypothesized that the trawl might have passed over a whalefall, which would also explain the goblin shark."

A whale fall is exactly what it sounds like -- where a whale falls after it dies. Deep sea organisms are able to feed off of a decaying whale for up to a decade.

And there's a reason why this is exciting.

Chron.com notes that, 'back in 2007, a new species of sea anemone was discovered living among the bones of a whale found off the coast of Monterey, California, according to Livescience.com.'

Thaler tweeted, "I'll bet you all my Star Wars cards that, if you run [a remotely operated vehicle] along that trawl line, you'll find a huge carcass."

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Josephine May 07 2014 at 3:43 PM

i don't care how ugly it is! It was still a living thing!
I feel sorry for the poor thing!

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geankar May 07 2014 at 5:29 PM

I wonder if this was the Montauk Monster?

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jcs9 May 07 2014 at 5:30 PM

God only knows what is growing down under the sea after all the BP/Exxon mess-ups. The worst thing is that in the last 100 or so years we have managed to ruin this planet for next generations to come. Now they are looking into invading other planets. We will have McDonald wrappers/plastic bottles falling down from Mercury or Uranus or is it going to be the Moon?

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synzofheaven May 07 2014 at 5:33 PM

Has anyone else noticed that the shark may have another set of eyes. It looks to be on both sides of the sharks in the pictures. There are two oval eye shaped circles on both sides right above the teeth near its lower nose

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Oakstr synzofheaven May 07 2014 at 6:11 PM

I noticed that under the bill

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Wolfman Thomas May 07 2014 at 5:33 PM

gill netting and dragging is illegal

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Becky May 07 2014 at 6:19 PM

stupid stupid man for bringing this in......he knows why

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newmarket2014 May 07 2014 at 6:59 PM

Pretty ugly shark and I would not want to get bitten or eaten by one!

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ease717 May 07 2014 at 7:16 PM

The fish is actually a type of Sturgeon.

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reddrumman1 ease717 May 07 2014 at 8:47 PM

No it is not just stop making ignorant comments.

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ease717 May 07 2014 at 7:17 PM

The man did release the fish after the photo op

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Sonja May 07 2014 at 7:18 PM

Not a Pretty side, but very educated to lerned from the Ocean what Secrets it Holds.
ps. we will never completly find all the segrets the Ocean holds, Only God Knows and that is a Relief, Other wise people would shoot anything , what the dont understan.
Killing is Mans Pleasure, because of Ignorants.
ps. Please, Lerned anything , respect Nature and thank the People, who like to educate you, from the Unknown. once;s you know, itmakes you Powerful.
Knowlege, Is Power.
sincerly sonja wolff.

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mrmeoff65 Sonja May 08 2014 at 12:25 AM

OMG you you cant even spell! And you talk about others. Go back to school!! This why people should not use drugs kids stay in school so you dont make dumb ass comments like sonja!!

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