Goblin Shark Wrassling

Some people look at this and see a terrifying undersea monster with potrusible jaws like our old pal from Alien. I see my dog Izzy playfully tugging on my sleeve… after some sort of horrible experiment that mutated her into a nightmarish killing machine. Kidding kidding.

The goblin shark is a fascinating resident of the deep sea. They are most commonly associated with the waters around Japan where most specimens are recovered as by-catch from fishing trawlers. When a goblin shark finds its prey, it protrudes its jaws and uses a tongue-like muscle to suck the victim into its sharp front teeth.

Thanks to Bill Kang for forwarding along.


  1. #1 Laelaps
    August 26, 2008

    If that’s a submersible, that person must be a transformer.

    It’s still really cool footage, though, I remember just seeing pictures of goblin sharks when I was a kid. They’re even weirder now that I’ve seen them in action.

  2. #2 Zelly
    August 26, 2008

    I don’t see what the big deal is, my grandpa does that with his teeth all the time. :P

    Really neat, I hadn’t heard of goblin sharks before.

  3. #3 Hilary Minor
    August 27, 2008

    It’s an evolutionary miracle! What an extraordinary animal. I really hope they aren’t endangered – sharkfin soup fodder etc., etc.

  4. #4 Zach Miller
    August 28, 2008

    That’s…that’s not RIGHT.

  5. #5 Leni
    September 1, 2008

    Ahh! Yet another reason to never, ever go in the ocean!

    (Sharks freak me out.)

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