May 7, 2014 11:34 AM by Stephen Bowers
A Florida fisherman caught something he will never forget when he was fishing just over two weeks ago in the Gulf of Mexico just off of Key West. Carl Moore snapped this picture of the rare goblin shark he captured.
This goblin shark was about 15 feet long and was caught from a depth of about 2,000 feet, along with a net full of shrimp.
LiveScience.com reports the goblin shark is usually seen off the coast of Japan. This is only the second goblin shark seen in the Gulf of Mexico. The first was about 18 feet long, and is the largest goblin shark on record. That shark was caught in a crab net off the Louisiana coast in 2000. According to LiveScience.com, only one goblin shark has been seen in the Atlantic Ocean. It was east of Bermuda in the 1970's.
Goblin sharks are usually found at depths of 1,000 to 3,000 feet and usually 7-8 feet long.
Moore and his fishing crew snapped a few pictures and then released the shark back into the water.