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Goblin Shark Photos - A Deep Sea Shark With A Distinctive Snout

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The goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni, is a deep sea shark that can be easily identified by its elongated and flattened snout. The Japanese fishermen who caught the first specimen of Mitsukurina in the Black Current off Yokohama called it tenguzame, which means goblin shark. It got its name from its bizarre and scary appearance - it looks weird and different from other sharks. It has a long head, small eyes and five short gill openings. The mouth is large and parabolic in shape. Its body is soft and flabby and it has a long caudal fin without a ventral lobe. The pectoral fins are short and broad and the two dorsal fins are small, rounded and equal in size. The goblin shark has a long protrusable jaw with long slender teeth, and is a pinkish white color with bluish fins. The goblin shark is a deep ocean bottom-dwelling shark that is rarely seen at the surface or in shallow coastal waters. They can be found throughout the world, from Australia to the Gulf of Mexico.  They are best known from the waters around Japan, where the species was first discovered.

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