One Weird Fish! The Goblin Shark

Hi, Mr. Nature here–with a deep-sea creature that looks like the product of a special effects crew.

The goblin shark wasn’t discovered until 1898. It has two far-out features. First, that long thing sticking way out the top of its head. It’s not a nose or a horn. It’s full of tiny sensors that enable the shark, in deep and lightless waters, to detect electrical fields given off by living things it might want to eat.

The second weird feature is a set of jaws that can be shot out in front of its head to catch prey–sort of like the choppers on the monster in Alien. Zap! Gotcha!

The shark in the video probably didn’t mean to attack the diver, and only accidentally got its teeth caught in the wet suit. This gives us a really good look at those extendable jaws.

Probably the closest look we’ll ever want to get.

2 comments on “One Weird Fish! The Goblin Shark

    1. I’m quite certain it was scared, poor critter. But I must admit, it’s a very strange creature – at least the way its mouth behaves.

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