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Fishermen net rare goblin shark
Fishermen net rare goblin shark

As sea creatures go, they don't come much uglier than this.

Shrimp fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico caught a rare goblin shark.

The fishermen were stunned when the 5.5m pink shark, with a long, protruding snout and over the top of rows of teeth, was pulled up in their nets.

"I didn't even know what it was," lifetime fisherman Carl Moore told the Houston Chronicle. "I didn't get the tape measure out because that thing's got some wicked teeth, they could do some damage."

The jaw of the Goblin Shark comes out like a second head as its prey unwittingly swims by. Photo: The Science Channel/YouTube.

The create was thrown back into the water, but was captured in pictures.

"This is great news," National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraion shark expert John Carlson told the Chronicle.

"This is only the second confirmed sighting in the Gulf, the majority of specimens are found off Japan or in the Indian Ocean and around South Africa."

Goblin sharks usually inhabit the seas at depths of around 100m.

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