Goblin Shark Facts for Kids

Goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) is a pink-colored shark and likes swimming at the bottom of the ocean along continental slopes. It has a stretched and horizontal snout. Its extendable jaws are connected to flaps of skin and can easily drag them out when preying. In the family of Mitsukurinidae, it is the only shark species that has survived until today. For that reason, goblin shark is also known as ‘Living Fossil’. Its ancestors first appeared as far back as 125 million years ago.

It can grow up to 12 feet in length and weighs around 460 pounds. At birth, the size of a pup is 82 centimeters.

Male sharks reach maturity at the length of 8.5 feet.

Most of this species are witnessed along the shores of Japan. It is found in all the three oceans. This species is spotted off the coasts of Australia, South Africa, France, Senegal, Gulf of Mexico, southern Brazil, Japan, Portugal and New Zealand.

It seems to be a sluggish fish and therefore, catching prey is not an easy task for this shark. Goblin shark prefers eating teleost fishes. It also feeds on woodlice, octopus, krill, squid, blackbelly rosefish, crabs, lobsters, shrimp and crayfish.

Since goblin sharks likes to swim in deep water, they are not dangerous to humans at all.

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