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Incredibly Rare Goblin Shark Caught in Gulf of Mexico Near Key West

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Last week, a Florida fisherman accidentally caught a super rare goblin shark in the Gulf near Key West, Florida.

Commercial fisherman Carl Moore was fishing for royal red shrimp in 2,000 feet of water when he caught the 18-foot-long goblin shark, reports southernfriedscience.com

Goblin sharks are rarely found in Atlantic waters; This was the second one ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to being incredibly rare, the goblin shark is incredibly ugly.

“It was uglier than a mother in-law,” said Moore.

Goblin sharks are deep sea dwellers that are mostly found in undersea canyons near Japan.

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Biologists have deemed the goblin shark a “living fossil,” as it belongs to a family of shark’s that’s more than 125 million years old.

The shark’s most distinguishable features are its pointed snout, and protractable jaw that can extend outward to catch prey.

Since the shark’s are extremely rare, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration strongly encourages anyone who encounters a goblin shark to call and report the sighting or catch.

What’s the most bizarre fish you’ve caught?

Featured image via Carl Moore/NOAA 

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Incredibly Rare Goblin Shark Caught in Gulf of Mexico Near Key West