What part do I point out first? The nail-like teeth? The pointy nose? The protruding jaw? The fact that this shark is pink?
I don’t think this shark needs an introduction, as it may frequent your nightmares… I mean, if your dreams are haunted with pretty ugly looking things (as much as I love sharks, this one has a face only a mother can love… and she doesn’t, hence her leaving ASAP).
Actually, we don’t know that since a pregnant female has yet to be discovered and studied. However, it’s likely that these sharks are viviparous like other mackerel sharks, and that embryos partake in oophagy.
These deep-water sharks, also known as the “Elfin shark,” are rare, with only a few specimens being discovered. The most recent one was caught this year in the Gulf of Mexico out by the Florida Keys. This is only the second ever goblin shark to be caught in the Gulf. The shark was photographed and released back into the water, but more than likely died. In my opinion, it should have been kept for science.
Surprisingly, a few have been collected alive! In 2007, one was brought to Tokai University (lived only for a week) and another was brought to Tokyo Sea Life Park and lived for two days. This is likely due to the extreme pressure change. Although there are still many mysterious surrounding these critters, there is quite a bit scientists have gathered from the few species encountered.
It only happens when feeding. Yes, you can all let out a big sigh of relief. All together now!
The rest of the time, it’s snug in the shark, as seen by this diagram. Not all of their teeth are nail-like, with those near the back of the jaw being flattened for the crushing of prey. They usually feast upon fish (e.g.rattails and dragonfishes) and crunchy things like crustaceans and cephalopods. Garbage has also been collected from their stomach. From its body shape, one can deduce that this animal is sluggish, and therefore relies on being an ambush predator.
I’d hate to have those jaws clamp down on me.
You can also see that these animals can get considerably big- up to 10 ft (compared to an average human of 5.7 ft). However, no worries- these guys don’t pose a threat to humans due to the depth they live at. The IUCN has listed the goblin shark under Least Concern (LC) due to its wide range (the goblin shark has been caught in all three major oceans, proposing these sharks are cosmopolitan) and how fishing industries have caught very few adults.
Adults are usually found deeper than juveniles, with immature goblins frequenting submarine canyons.
That's it. That's all these narwhal reject look-a-likes have revealed to us... so far...