Scary-Looking Goblin Shark Caught Off Australian Coast
Fishermen trawling off the coast of North South Wales in Australia last week found a big surprise in their fishing nets: the body of a rare sea creature that’s been described as having a “face of a demon,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The scary-looking creature was identified as a goblin shark, or Mitsukurina owstoni — a deep-sea species whose appearance has changed little in 70 million years.
“We just winched up the wire and brought the net on and the shark was in the net,” Lochlainn Kelly, a 22-year-old fisherman who was part of the team that netted the four-foot shark, told the Herald. “If anything I was pretty excited. I’ve seen photos of them before but I’ve never seen one before.”
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The shark was to be moved to the Australian Museum in Sydney, where scientists plan to take a closer look at the specimen to learn about the elusive species.