Deep Water monster fish

GoblinShark04If the explorers of old noted this monster in their journals, we may have been inclined to think they were having a little too much rum that day, and were sorely misguided by what they saw.

So when I saw this animal for the first time, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I mean, these deep ocean creatures are starting to make Bigfoot, Mothman, Nessie, and your local werewolf look like the supermodels of the cryptid scene!

What a horrifying little beast! But there it is – the Goblin shark, known by science as the Mitsukurina owstoni.

GoblinShark01What It Is

According to National Geographic, they are a rare species of shark, a “living fossil” that is very much like the sharks of the prehistoric seas.

The males grow to over 3.8 m (12 feet) long; females may grow larger.

They have a long snout with deep-set jaws that rapidly extend to capture small prey.

Its front teeth are long & sharp, the uppers being a little longer than the bottoms. But in the back, the teeth are made for crushing.

GoblinShark02Unlike other (more modern) sharks, they do not have nictitating eyelids (a thin membrane that covers the eye when protection is needed).

Location Location Location

Not a whole lot is known about them, but scientists believe they live on or near the bottom of the ocean floors, perhaps extending up to the areas where the outer continental shelves drop down into the ocean, around 40-1200 m (131 – nearly 4K feet)

These sharks seem to be located in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.

GoblinShark03Many are caught around Japan probably due to their poor fishing practices whereby they drop nets and indiscriminately scoop up whatever is around, regardless of whether they want it or not. They are sometimes caught off the coast of Portugal by accident during deep-water trawls. They are also known in the waters off New South Wales in southern Australia. (Juvenile female above, caught off New Zealand in 2004.)

Their Menu

There are few records of these sharks’ stomach contents, but what little has been recovered points to small bony fish, cephalopods, as well as an unknown (to science) crab.

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National Geographic Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep
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Sweet nothings

2008-07-13 09:28:40 by 1LonelyWolf

Enchanting phrases and sweet words
Ooze and slide like oil on ink
A surface gleams in strong fiords
And swimmers of that brew they drink.
I met them in this life’s restrains,
And bumped into the softened cream,
My mind’s excitement slowly remains
On peaks and valleys in my dream.
Hark! What I hear turns to dust
And pain is sudden and it’s deep
I must believe them; that I must!
It cannot be the murkiest creep!
Just look at that face and see the smile!
Just listen to the words come forth!
There just no way there’s any bile!
I didn’t know that south was north!
Oh, please! No beastly one unleash!
No monster hidden in the dark,
Show me the beauty of that fish
...


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