On January 25, 2007, a rare goblin shark caught by fishermen in the bay of Tokyo. This living fossil died 2 days later. With a strange head and frightening teeth, this fish has attracted the attention of scientists from around the world.
Only a few of which can be known from this monster who usually only stay in the ocean floor. Goblin shark named scientific Mitsukurina owstoni is an ancient shark that had been considered extinct. He can immediately recognizable from the shape of his head which has a long bulge out from the forehead. Also frightening teeth adorn his mouth. Goblin sharks can grow up to 3.3 meters long and weighing 159 kg.
This shark is generally found only in the deep ocean, far below the beam of sunlight, more than 200 meters below sea level. They can be found in the waters around the world, from Australia to the Gulf of Mexico. But the people know them mainly from Japanese waters, a place where modern science to find them for the first time.
The first discovery of these sharks can be traced to the year 1898, when a specimen was caught in the sea Sagami, near Yokohama, Japan. It is estimated there are about 24 species associated with these sharks. Scientific names of Japanese smelt, Mitsukurina owstoni, was first given by David Jordan who received the first specimen of this fish from a zoologist named Uiversitas Tokyo Kakichi Mitsukuri. While owstoni name of respect for wild creatures a collector named Alan Owston also get this fish from a Japanese fisherman.
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