Goblin shark caught in Gulf of Mexico a rarity NOAA reports the 18-foot, odd-looking sea creature was only the second recorded in the Gulf; shrimp fisherman photographed it and released it alive May 02, 2014 by David Strege
shrimp fisherman off the Florida Keys made a rare catch in his net recently, pulling up one of the world’s ugliest sea creatures and rarest species of shark.
In the net full of red shrimp was an 18-foot goblin shark, a bottom-dwelling shark rarely seen at the surface or in shallow coastal waters—and extremely rare to the Gulf of Mexico, so much so that the scientific community was abuzz with amazement over the catch.NOAA Fisheries Service reported
that it was only the second goblin shark of record in the Gulf of Mexico. The first was captured
on July 25, 2000, by commercial fishermen in more than 3,000 feet of water.
The unusual by-catch was that of commercial fisherman Carl Moore, who had brought in his net from more than 2,000 feet of water, according to David Shiffman of Southern Fried Science