When 22-year-old Lochlainn Kelly and his father Mike pulled up their net during a recent fishing trip, they were shocked to find this inside it.
The fishermen pulled up a Goblin shark, a little-known species that is also known as a vampire shark because they avoid light like it’s their job and feed deep in the dark depths of the ocean. The men were able to get the shark only because their net was over 600 meters deep in the water off the coast of Victoria, Australia.
Goblin sharks are extremely rare, so this was a pretty major find. Scientists determined the shark was between 2 and 3 years-old and that it’s base was 1.2 meters in length.
“I wasn’t freaked out, if anything I was pretty excited. I’ve seen photos of them before but I’ve never seen one before,” Lochlainn recounted.
The body of the Goblin shark is now being displayed in a museum.