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Macabre Goblin Shark, Monster of the Deep, Surprises Shrimp Fisherman

[node:summary]Hideous looking goblin shark netted off Key West, Florida, as surprised as the shrimper who caught it.
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In yet another rare case of deep-sea creatures making it to the ocean surface, a fisherman has made waves with his catch of a macabre-looking goblin shark off the coast of Key West.

This razor-toothed, virtually two-faced denizen of the depths is notable for a flat, elongated snout that points off the top of its head, according to NBC News. The mouth gapes open to reveal what looks almost like a second head, chock full of uber-sharp, pointed teeth “resembling the creatures in the sci-fi film Alien,” NBC News reported.

Georgia shrimp Captain Carl Moore, 63, snagged the beast on an April 19 expedition, NBC News said. The last time this fiendish-looking animal was seen at this level was in 2000, the network said.

Unlike a rockfish brought up from near the ocean bottom last year, this goblin lived through its ordeal. Moore took some photos, avoiding the teeth of the thrashing-around mega-fish—which was about 18 feet long—then threw it back, he said.

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The goblin shark spends most of its time 5,000 feet under the ocean, said a research biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where Moore reported the catch after returning to shore.

“This is a very rare finding,” said John Karlson, a research biologist at NOAA, to NBC News on May 3. “We don’t know very much about these animals.”

It’s not the first “sea monster” sighting of late, though. Several oarfish have shown up in shallow waters over the past year or two, as well.

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Photo: Carl Moore

Goblin shark caught off Key West in April 2014.