The Goblin Shark

The goblin shark (Mistukurina owstoni) is one of the creepier fish out there! It has a long, prominent snout covered with special sensing organs (ampullae of Lorenzini) that help it to sense electric fields in the deep, dark water it calls home. But even stranger is its jaw. Though close to the head in this picture, it can be extended to the length of its snout to help the goblin shark ambush fish, squids and crustaceans.

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Submitted by The Ocean Portal Team on
Hi Ashley, The goblin shark and the long-nosed chimaera often get mixed up and misidentified (see this article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-mystery-fish-identified-1.2428592). But this one is a photo from the Museum Victoria in Australia and has been identified as a goblin shark. Thanks for your comment! The Ocean Portal Team

Submitted by Ashley (not verified) on

This is not a photo of a goblin shark! This photo is of a long nose Chimaira. They do look quite similar but they do have some distinguishable differences, like the teeth and jaw shape, the goblin shark had very crazy prickly teeth that stuck out all kinds of ways, where the long nose chimera teeth are relatively straight and uniform. Google a pic of an actual goblin shark and you will see the blatant differences between the two and you'll see this is not a goblin shark.