Father And Son Catch Rare Goblin Shark Straight From Your Nightmares (Photos)
An Australian father and son caught a rare and terrifying shark typically found thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Mike Kelly and his 22-year-old son Lochlainn were pulling up a load of crayfish off the coast of New South Wales last Thursday when they found a small goblin shark in their net.
These creatures usually reside in depths of roughly 4,000 feet, but according to the Daily Mail, the two had their net around 2,000 feet down when they caught the shark.
Measuring just 4 feet long, the shark is estimated to be just 2 to 3 years old since adult goblin sharks can be up to 13 feet in length.
Alan Scrymgeour of the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre said the goblin shark is existing in an "evolutionary dead end" because it is the only species left of its genus, which dates back 125 million years.
The other species ceased evolving when dinosaurs roamed the Earth about 70 million years ago.
Wharf Aquarium curator Michael McMaster noted that many fishermen have reported experiencing strange currents in 2015, possibly explaining how the shark got into the Kellys' net.
The fish will soon be available on display at Sydney's Australian Museum.
Rare fish have been found on an oddly frequent basis as of late.
Citations: Creature from the deep Incredible pictures emerge of extremely rare goblin shark also known as a living dinosaur pulled from the water by stunned fishermen (Daily Mail), Goblin shark known as living fossil trawled from NSW south coast (Sydney Morning Herald)