Goblin shark - Mitsukurina owstoni
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
A pink shark with a soft, flabby body and an unmistakable flat, elongated snout. It has protrusable jaws, and a long tail fin with no ventral lobe.
Males mature at 8.7 ft [264 cm] and females mature at 11 ft [335 cm]. Their maximum size is estimated to be more than 16.4 ft [500 cm].
Long-cusped, slender teeth.
These sharks prefer deepwater, outer continental shelves, upper slopes and off seamounts. They very rarely surface, and usually remain at depths of 885.8 to 3149.6 ft [270 to 960 m], to at least 4265.1 ft [1300 m].
Very patchy distribution in the Atlantic, western Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Prey – Possibly soft-bodied fishes and squid.
This shark’s body form suggests that it is a poor swimmer. Its blade-like snout may be used to detect prey, and its highly specialized jaws can shoot forward rapidly to snap up prey. Its slender front teeth suggest a diet of small, soft-bodied fishes and squid, but its back teeth are modified to crush food.
They are occasionally bycatch in deepwater fisheries.