Creature Feature: Goblin Shark


Need an idea for a spooky Halloween costume? If you want are in the market for an ocean-inspired ghoulie, look no further than the Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni). The mysterious Goblin Shark is a deep sea creature, having been caught around the world at depths of 4300ft.  The body is flabby and slim, covered in semi-translucent dermal denticals (remember “dermal” = skin, “dentical” =  teeth). Saggy, see-through skin might sound creepy all on its own, but the Goblin Shark’s name comes from its most recognizable feature: it’s flattened and elongated snout. Their teeth are held against the underside of the head until they are ready to feed. Once ready to catch its prey, the jaws drastically protrude and, with a quick snap and a gulp, slide back into place. Goblin sharks range in size from 10-13ft but a recent record shows a female with a length of approximately 20ft. Creepy but cool!


Edited by KC O’Shea

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