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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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Creature feature

Creature Feature


Goblin shark mitsukurina owstoni

Goblin Shark(Mitsukurina owstoni)


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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


Distribution

Distribution


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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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