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Mitsukurinidae - goblin sharks

goblin sharkThere is one species in this family of rarely seen sharks. The goblin shark is found in the western Pacific Ocean, the western Indian Ocean, and the western and eastern Atlantic Ocean. In the United States, it has been spotted of the coast of California and in the Gulf Coast. The goblin shark is an unusual looking shark! It has a soft, flabby, pinkish-gray body; a very long, pointed, beak-like snout; and jaws that stick out of its mouth when it eats! It has large, sharp pointed teeth; five pairs of gill slits; two rounded dorsal fins; a rounded anal fin; and small eyes with no nictitating eyelids. It is rarely seen and swims very slowly on the ocean floor at depths of up to 4,000 feet. It eats bony fish, sharks, rays, crustaceans, and squid.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  Goblin Shark - Mitsukurina owstoni Least Concern

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Goblin Shark - Mitsukurina owstoni Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America North America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean    

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Goblin Shark - Mitsukurina owstoni profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America North America atlantic Ocean indian Ocean pacific ocean
Goblin sharks are rarely seen.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes