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This Wild and Wonderful World of Ours! 🦈 Warning! Total OPPOSITE of last week's cuteness!

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    This Wild and Wonderful World of Ours! 🦈 Warning! Total OPPOSITE of last week's cuteness!

    Introducing.......the Goblin Shark......definitely NOT cute!


    Among all sharks, this species stands out for its unusual appearance characterized by a prominent snout. It is the only living member of the Mitsukurinidae family, and it is often called a “living fossil” since its ancestry goes back to the Cretaceous period and it keeps such primitive characteristics.

    The goblin shark differs from other shark species by having a flattened snout that protrudes from the top of its head, resembling the blade of a sword. Its jaws are protrusive, and the inside contains 35 to 53 rows of upper teeth and 31 to 62 rows of lower teeth. The length and width of its teeth are variable because those that are near the center of the jaws are longer than those on the back.

    It has a thin body with a skin covered with dermal denticles. Its blood vessels are very close to the skin, which gives it a pink hue. It has five pairs of gill slits, two small rounded dorsal fins, short and wide pectoral fins, one anal fin smaller than the dorsal fin, and a caudal fin with a poorly developed lower lobe.

    It is a medium-sized shark. The length of adults ranges between 3-4 meters (about 9-13 feet), and the weight can reach 200-210 kilograms (about 440-462 pounds).

    Individuals of this species have been found in the Pacific Ocean, in the Indian Ocean, and in the Atlantic. However, it mainly concentrates in waters of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, France, Madeira, Portugal, South Africa and the United States.

    The sightings of goblin sharks are very rare as the species lives in waters on continental platforms and slopes, at depths of 1,300-1,370 meters (about 4265 feet).

    Their diet consists of teleost fishes, ostracods, squids, crabs, and cephalopods. Garbage and pelagic species have also been found in their bellies. Therefore this shark can swim in depths as well as on shallow waters to find food.

    It detects prey by combining its senses of sight, smell, and electro-perception. If it is near the ocean floor and discovers a victim, it observes it from below without moving. It is not a skilled or fast swimmer, so it moves slowly towards its food to avoid being discovered.


    The jaws of this shark have the ability to slide forward thanks to specialized joints that at the moment of biting are released from their tense condition and move abruptly and quickly to find the body of the prey. (Very strange.....I watched a video of one eating....)

    Although it is an efficient predator, it moves slowly, and that is why its hunting strategy is to wait until the prey is unaware. Their feeding based mainly on migratory fish suggests that many of the activities of this species occur during the nights or mornings.

    Scientists have determined that this fish is Ovoviviparous. This means that embryos hatch from their mother’s eggs while they are still in her uterus, and she gives births to live pups once ready.

    Something I would be very happy to never see! 🤪
    💫 Star lover

    are they endangered? Pretty amazing
    Walk in peace with the Lord by your side.


    • Star lover
      Star lover commented
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      No, they’re not endangered.......they live so deep in the ocean, no one sees them very often. When they die, they wash up on shore......or sometimes they are found in the stomachs of larger creatures.

    Just proves what an amazing world we live in. Thanks!


      With a face only a mother could love!
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      • Monique
        Monique commented
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        Aint that the truth!!!!

      Mark this date down...I'm speechless!! Gina


        An ugly thing, isn't it? And 9-13 ft. long is a "medium" sized shark!? Yikes. Thanks for sharing these amazing facts.


          Look up "ugly" in the dictionary.....


            Whoa - they are ugly, scary, intimidating. That just validates my fear of going into open waters.

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