The shark won name of Goblin Shark (video)

Just over one hundred years ago, Japanese fishermen for the first time captured a very strange shark, deep

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off Yokohama.
As everything happens for a name, the shark won the name Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni).Strange and rare, this bottom shark still guards many mysteries of science.

The goblin shark is an upper-level carnivore in its natural habitat. This is a rare beast, only found in few places, usually deep beyond 300 meters.
Those places are Japan, South Africa, perhaps off Portugal, and, in one strange instance, in the Indian Ocean, a cable malfunction necessitated the raising of the cable, and an awl-like shark’s tooth was found embedded in the wire covering.

The cable had been at 750 fathoms, and the tooth belonged to a goblin shark.

As they stay near the sea bottom, they are usually caught via deep bottom-set gillnets and sea-bottom long line fishing. They are also sometimes caught by trawling. In addition, they are sometimes found entangled by deep-sea fishing lines.

Recently, one of the animals was captured near Sao Paulo and analyzed by researchers Gadig Otto, UNESP Sa~o Vicente, and Teodoro Vaske Jr. of UNISANTA Santos.

Goblin Shark 2

The mouth stretches out and the teeth are sharp, they capture prey from the bottom of the sea. It is unclear exactly how long snout is, but probably it offers a larger surface for its sensory organs, which enables it to detect the tiny electrical fields generated by their prey.

The liver accounts for about 1/4 of the total weight and has the same function as in other sharks: working as a swim bladder, allowing it to rise or fall in the water column without major problems.

It reaches more than 6 feet long and feeds mainly on octopus, crabs and fish.

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