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Sat, May-03-2014 08:09:39

Goblin shark caught in Gulf of Mexico a rarity

A shrimp fisherman off the Florida Keys made a rare catch in his net recently, pulling up one of the world’s ugliest sea creatures and rarest species of shark. In the net full of red shrimp was an 18-foot goblin shark, a bottom-dwelling shark rarely seen at the surface or in shallow coastal waters—and extremely rare to the Gulf of Mexico, so much so that the scientific community was abuzz with amazement over the catch. NOAA Fisheries Service reported that it was only the second goblin shark of record in the Gulf of Mexico. The first was captured on July 25, 2000, by commercial fishermen in more than 3,000 feet of water.