Goblin Shark

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Goblin Shark

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Goblin Shark

Scientific Name:Mitsukurina owstoni

Background & Description


The Goblin Shark lives in some of the deepest parts of the ocean, rarely coming to the surface. They live along the continental shelves and seamounts, inhabiting areas of depths ranging from 885 ft to 3149 ft. The deepest any Goblin Shark has been found is at 4265 ft.

See how a Goblin Sharkcaptures its prey:

Map of where most Goblin Sharks are found

Goblin Shark teeth

Human Impact

Food and Diet

The Goblin Shark's diet consists of deep sea fish, crabs, and shrimp. It is a carnivorous predator. The mouth and jaws of the Goblin Shark set it apart from all other sharks. Besides its distinct look, the mouth protrudes, revealing its needle-like teeth. The Goblin Shark holds a strong grip on its prey.

Other than minimal commercial use and consumption, the Goblin Shark is not impacted by humans. This is because there are so few to be found, and those that have been found alive die relatively quickly. This means that there is a large population of Goblin Sharks that are untouched by human discovery, or they are an endangered species and there are few of them in existance.

The first discovery of this species was in 1898. It is describe as a "living fossil" because it resembles prehistoric sharks. The physicial qualities of the shark include a pink, flabby body. It's head is the most distinct trait, and underneath the snout are detectors that sense prey.

Goblin Sharks