Meet the world's strangest shark

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Meet The World's Strangest Shark

Animals have adapted different ways of capturing their prey, but one of the most unique may be found in a strange-looking shark with a distinctive name.

The goblin shark, named after Japanese mythological creatures, has a distinctive long, flat snout extending in front of its eyes, notes the National Geographic.

Located below is its jaw which is able to extend three inches outward to snatch its intended target before retracting back.

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A 130-centimetre long goblin shark swims in a tank at the Tokyo Sea Life Park's aquarium in this handout photo taken on January 25, 2007 by the park in Tokyo. The Goblin Shark, a deep sea "living fossil" shark, was caught off the shallows of Tokyo Bay and survived barely a week in its new environment. The shark was the second deep sea shark to have been found in the same month. Picture taken January 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tokyo Sea Life Park/Handout (JAPAN). EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
A 130-centimetre long goblin shark swims in a tank at the Tokyo Sea Life Park's aquarium in this handout photo taken on January 25, 2007 by the park in Tokyo. The Goblin Shark, a deep sea "living fossil" shark, was caught off the shallows of Tokyo Bay and survived barely a week in its new environment. The shark was the second deep sea shark to have been found in the same month. Picture taken January 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tokyo Sea Life Park/Handout (JAPAN). EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
MERIMBULA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 2: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) The rare goblin shark was caught by fishermen off Green Cape on the NSW south coast and was taken to the nearby town of Merimbula for examination, February 2, 2015. (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
MERIMBULA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 2: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) The rare goblin shark was caught by fishermen off Green Cape on the NSW south coast and was taken to the nearby town of Merimbula for examination, February 2, 2015. (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
MERIMBULA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 2: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) The rare goblin shark was caught by fishermen off Green Cape on the NSW south coast and was taken to the nearby town of Merimbula for examination, February 2, 2015. (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JUNE 15: Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni or Scapanorhynchus owstoni), Mitsukurinidae, drawing. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
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According to WIRED, this projection is possible "because the jaw is suspended by ligaments and cartilage instead of being fused to the skull."

The marine animal is also known to have a pinkish-white color and grow to more than 16-feet long.

Relatively little is known about the goblin shark because they tend to live more than 4,000 feet under water; as such, live members are rarely found to study.

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