Sea creature of the week!

Oct 17 2011

Goblin Shark

Scientific Name: Mitsukurina Owstoni

Family: Mitsukurinidae

Home: This scary looking sea creature is rarely encountered by humans as it prefers to hang out in the deep sea. There have been some sightings of our shark friend off the coast of Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, French Guiana and Australia. Consequently, they are believed to inhabit the depths of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans.

Physical characteristics: The goblin shark, appropriately named because of its monster-esque features, grows to be around 11 feet in length and about 350 pounds. This ugly deep sea dweller has a soft flabby body and appears to be light pinkish-gray in color which due to the blood vessels under it’s semi-transparent skin. Like most other sharks, it has rows of razor sharp teeth which makes catching and consuming prey relatively effortless. The most defining characteristic of this creature, however, is its long blade-like snout protruding out of it’s head.

Food: There is still much mystery that surrounds the Goblin Shark. Stomach content records of these deep sea hunters are rare. What is known is that they probably munch on small bony fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans.

Fun Facts:

The Goblin Shark’s liver accounts for up to 25% of it’s weight and is responsible for it’s buoyancy!

Our sea creature friends is the sole surviving species of the Mitsukurinidae family!

• In the absence of light, this deep sea dweller, detects its prey using it’s highly evolved electro-sensitive snout!

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