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Goblin Shark

Threat Level:  low

 

 

 

  • GOBLIN SHARK

    Scientific Name.... Mitsukurina Owstoni
    Family Name
    ...... Mitsukurina
     

 

  • General Information: The Goblin Shark resides at the ocean bottom. It has a slender body, a long snout, a rounded dorsal, pectoral and anal fins and a weakly developed lower lobe of the caudal fin. It has small eyes, a long flattened snout and protruded jaws.

 

  • Size: 3.8 meters long

 

  • Teeth: At the front of its mouth, the Goblin Shark has long, sharp teeth, that are used for catching their prey. The lower teeth are slightly shorter than the upper teeth. At the back of the mouth, the teeth are smaller and are used for crushing prey.

 

  • Color: The Goblin Shark has soft, pale pinkish-grey skin, which is paler on the belly.

 

  • Feeding Habits: This shark feeds at the ocean bottom on squid, crustaceans, and other fishes found at the bottom of the ocean.

 

  • Senses: The undersides of the Goblin Shark's snout is heavily pored. These pores are the external openings of the sharks electricity detecting organs, the ampullae of Lorenzini, which most likely are used to help it hunt.

 

  • Social Behaviour: This Shark is very rarely encountered, and as such nothing is known about its social behaviour.

 

  • Habitat | Migration | Distribution: The Goblin Shark is found in scattered locations in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, to depths of about 1200. It resides mainly on the ocean bottom.

 

  • Life Span: This is unknown, as the shark is rarely encountered

 

  • Reproduction: Little is known about this sharks reproduction, but it is believed almost certainly to be ovoviviparous. No pregnant specimen has ever been found.

 

  • Swimming: This is an apparently sluggish fish.

 

  • Population Report: The population of this shark is not known, but is believed to be plentiful. It is not believed to be at risk.

 

 

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