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A rare goblin shark examined by a Scientist

A rare goblin shark that was caught off the coast of Australia earlier
this year has been sent to the Australian Museum, where their
Ichthyology Collection Manager Mark McGrouther got the incredibly cool
task of getting to examine the specimen. And he was so excited about it,
he decided to film it.

As you can see in the video below,
the strange creature has some pretty interesting traits. The species’
jaws in particular are pretty unique, as they contain small sharp teeth
that they actually use to spear their prey. This involves them actually
projecting their jaw forward from their skull – something that
McGrouther manually reenacts. And, yes, it does kind of look like
something out of Alien.
“It manages to spear whatever
prey it’s after and unlike other sharks, like whalers and white sharks,
it’s got very pointy teeth which are used to spear the prey, not to
actually cut it so this fish will generally be swallowing prey whole,” says McGrouther in the video below.

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particular shark is around 1.2 metres long but two larger specimens
will also be on display in the museum alongside it. Goblin sharks are
found between depths of 300 and 900 metres and are rarely seen by
So this is probably your best chance of seeing this anomaly from the deep up close and personal. Enjoy.