Seeing how it is shark week and from multiple requests, I picked the Goblin shark as today"s ocean terror.
What is this monster...
This real life monster is known as the Goblin Shark, or scientifically the Mitsukurina owstoni. This species of shark is one of the rarest in the modern world, its kind have a traceable linage that is roughly 125 Million years. This shark is also solemnly seen as it avoids sunlight and hunts in the deepest and darkest of oceans. Because of its habitat it is rarely caught on film.
What does it look like?
The adult Goblin shark is estimated to measure between 3 and 4 m (10 and 13 ft) long. However, a female was caught estimated at 5.46.2 m (1820 ft) long showing that this species can grow far larger than previously thought. For comparison... that"s the size of an adult killer whale... wonder who would win in that fight... Now what makes this creature of the dark so interesting to me personally is its skin and of course that infamous jaw. Its skin range from pinkish gray to bubblegum pink! Now that isn"t even the interesting part, whats amazing is that their skin is transparent. Yep you can see through its skin, not completely, but enough to see blood flowing through its veins. Very freaky!
A natural blade
Its nose, or snout is shaped like a sharpened sword. It is believed that it uses this blade to defend itself and sometimes attack prey. Mostly though they use it by digging up prey located in the muddy ocean bottom. The nose also has special sensory organs that help these sharks detect electric fields in the water that its prey produces.
The sharks jaw moves exactly like a human can move its tongue. The jaw protrudes out and snaps at the prey, the jaw can reach up to the length of its nose. The reason for the unique jaw is because the shark moves very slow and is not a fast swimmer so it uses ambushes to kill. When prey swims by, SNAP its attacks and kills the prey.
With 3553 upper and 3162 lower teeth rows, this shark has some cutting power, the rear teeth are more flat and are designed to crush its prey while the front are to trap and pierce it.
What does it hunt.
Being an ambush predator this creature often waits for its victims. Some prey it enjoys to snack on are fish, sting rays, mollusks, and crabs. In some circumstances they are also able to eat squid. They do feed quite often which is interesting. The goblin shark has a very large liver which is usually found in sharks that dont eat very often. This has yet to be discovered for why it has an unusual large liver. But don"t worry there is no reports of humans being eaten.. well other than this diver"s arm in the gif... but you"re safe... for the most part.
Where do they lurk
They tend to thrive in lakes or ponds that have lots of tourists... just kidding... they like to live deep in the ocean with little sunlight. The majority of them are found near japan and sometimes are caught, mostly by accident. They have been caught in all 3 of the major oceans and are found over the upper continental slope at depths of 270960 m (8903,150 ft). It has been caught as deep as 1,300 m (4,300 ft) but have been seen wandering into inshore waters as shallow as 40 m (130 ft). In April 2014, fishermen in Key West, Florida, while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico caught a goblin shark in their fishing net, only the second one ever to be caught in the Gulf.
Thanks for reading!!!!
A nice article about a very rare shark. Posted for Shark Week.