Footage of the Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni)

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Another deep-sea shark was found in shallow waters near Japan yesterday. Like the frill shark, which was seen last month, the goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) is rather elusive, and has only ever been described 45 times. Its most prominent feature is the flattened, elongated snout, which contains an array of electroreceptors that form part of the lateral line organ which runs almost the entire length of the body.

The goblin shark also has a highly protrusible jaw, and looks rather scary when it opens its mouth:

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  1. It’s tempting to suspect there’s some evil afoot here and start blaming things like global warming or pollution. But I will resist that temptation pending further data collection. Maybe these creatures tend to come up when they’re old and frail, and humans just don’t normally find them. Maybe the Japanese are doing something new or in a new location that makes it more likely for them to find the sharks that do come up. Lots of maybes.

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