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6 May

Rare And Elusive Goblin Shark Found Off The Coast of Key West

Capt. Moore took photos of the shark and submitted his find to NOAA soon after. (Photo by Captain Carl Moore)

As a shrimp fisherman, Captain Carl Moore has his sights set on finding seafood to feed the hungry masses around the Gulf Coast. But while fishing 10 miles off the coast of Key West last month, Moore found something more sinister inside his net—an 18-foot Goblin shark.

Like its name depicts, the Goblin shark is known for its elongated snout, uniquely shaped head and jagged teeth. While it can be found around the world in the Pacific, the Goblin shark is a deep-sea dweller that lives in depths of up to 5,000 feet, making it difficult to spot, according to NBC News.

This image of the Goblin shark illustrates its unique characteristics, such as its elongated snout. (Photo from ThinkStock)

After bringing the shark onboard, Moore took pictures and reported his find to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rather than keep the shark as a memento, Moore released it back into the water.

His catch marks the first Goblin shark discovery on record in the past 14 years.

Want to know what other rare shark species roam the ocean? Learn more about the fabled Megalodon and the Greenland shark!

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