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Rare Goblin Shark Caught Off The Florida Keys

Shrimp fishers in the Gulf of Mexico have caught a goblin shark - so rare they have not been seen for 10 years.

The 18-feet-long pink predator was caught on a shrimp net off Key West, Florida.

The crew were shocked to find the prehistoric-looking shark, which is often called a living fossil because of its long snout that hides a rack of sharp teeth, thrashing around with the rest of their haul.

Thought to swim in the deep water of Japan and the Gulf, it is only the second sighting in the area.

I didnt even know what it was, said fisherman Carl Moore.

I didnt get the tape measure out because that things got some wicked teeth, they could do some damage.

My 3-year-old grandson, he just loves sharks so Ive been taking pictures of every one we find, when I showed him this one he said, Wow, Pappa! Moore said.

Instead of keeping the shark to do research, Moore decided to snap a quick photo of the fish with his phone then release it back into the water, much to the disappointment of scientists.

Scientists know so little about the fish that they cannot even determine how old or how big it gets, however previous estimates had been much smaller than the one size of the one caught by Moore.

However, it is thought that deep underwater the color red appears black making the shark appear almost invisible to predators and prey.

They eat fish, including other sharks and rays, as well as crabs, shrimps and other small organisms.

David Schiffman, a marine biologist at the University of Miami marine biologist, had this to say,  At first I wasnt sure if it was even possible for this to happen, but then when the photos came through, it is undeniably a goblin shark.


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