NANFA-- Goblins in the Gulf

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 12 Jul 2002 11:35:54 -0500

The rare and mysterious goblin shark has been found near the coast of LA-MS.
You can read about its capture in the newest issue of Southeastern

Parsons, G.R., G.W., Ingram, Jr., and R. Havard. 2002. First record of the
goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni, Jordan (Family Mitusukurinidae) in the
Gulf of Mexico. Southeastern Nat. 1(2): 189-192.

This is the second record of this fish in U.S. waters (the first was in
California in 1999).

The goblin shark was discovered near Japan approximately 100 years ago.
Only a few specimens have been collected, most from Pacific waters. The
fish is very unusual because of its color (bubble-gum pink) and its
prominent rostrum. The article by Parsons et al. includes photographs but
they are B*W.

You can read more about it here:
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