Story: Sharks and rays

Goblin shark

Goblin shark

The goblin shark has a long, flat snout overhanging its mouth, which may help it to detect prey in deep, dark water. Up to 3.85 metres long, its body is flabby and soft, and of about the same density as water. Its jaws are seen protruding here, but they are retracted when the shark is not feeding. Goblin sharks are found around the world, but they are rare and only a few specimens have been found in New Zealand waters.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Deep-sea and unusual sharks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006