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Creature Feature. Goblin Shark ( Mitsukurina owstoni ). Bottom dwelling sharks Usually inhabit continental slope region (885 - 3149 ft) Rarely seen at the surface or in shallow coastal waters (very elusive) Identified by its elongated and flattened snout

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Bottom dwelling sharks
  • Usually inhabit continental slope region (885 - 3149 ft)
  • Rarely seen at the surface or in shallow coastal waters (very elusive)
  • Identified by its elongated and flattened snout
  • Pinkish/white in color with bluish fins
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Grow up to 11ft and weigh 250 lbs

Identified by its elongated and flattened snout

Up to 25% of the shark\'s body weight can be its liver

Next to nothing is known of the goblin shark\'s reproductive habits

Thought to be ovoviviparous

Have never caught a pregnant female

feeding
Feeding
  • Feed on deep sea squid, crabs, and fish
  • Hunt by sensing the presence of prey with electro-sensitive organs in the rostrum
  • Protrudes its jaws, while using a tongue-like muscle to suck the victim into its sharp front teeth
conservation
Conservation
  • Listed as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN
  • Most often caught as fisheries bycatch
    • Deep bottom-set gillnets
    • Sea-bottom long line fishing
    • Trawling
    • Deep-sea fishing line entanglement
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