Rare Goblin Shark Caught In Gulf Of Mexico

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 5 years ago
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A shrimp fisherman pulled in an unusual catch on April 19, while netting in 2000 feet of water, off the coast of Key West. When the net was pulled up, inside along with the shrimp, was an 18 ft (estimated length by fisherman Carl Moore) Goblin Shark.  Although the shark was caught on April 19, 2014 it wasn’t reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration until May 2, 2014. The report comes as great news to the scientific community, as very little is known about these sharks.goblin sharkshark 2 Goblin Shark’s are extremely rare. The last one caught in the Gulf of Mexico was over 10 years ago. The fisherman, Carl Moore, said in interview with the Houston Chronicle, that “I didn’t even know what it was”. Moore said that he took photos of the shark, then let it go quickly, while noting that ” I didn’t get the tape measure out because that thing’s got some wicked teeth, they could do some damage.” MORE Source: The Houston Chronicle by Heather Alexander    

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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