04/05/2014 13:21 BST | Updated 04/05/2014 13:59 BST

Goblin Shark Caught In Gulf Of Mexico, People Swear Never To Enter Sea Again

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a goblin shark.

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Not only is it unbelievably ugly but it is also incredibly rare.

This rather handsome example is the first one to be seen in 10 years.

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The 18-foot long specimen was caught by shrimp fisherman off the coast of Key West, Florida, on April 19.

Fisherman Carl Moore said: "I didn't even know what it was. I didn't get the tape measure out because that thing's got some wicked teeth, they could do some damage."

Moore released the shark back into the ocean, much to the chagrin of scientists eager to examine it.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was informed of the find and said it's "one of the rarest species of sharks."


Goblin sharks are most commonly found off the coast of Japan and are usually "pinkish white" in colour with bluish fins, according to NOAA.