Deep below the waves of our oceans is a world so different, it might as well be on another planet. Very little light can reach there, meaning very little, if any, plant life can form. This is in turn means there is little vegetation in the food chain, yet we find a range of life that is able to flourish. Living there requires a different way of life, resulting in some very unusual looking animals.
One such animal is the aptly named goblin shark. Armed with a fearsome looking telescopic jaw and a strange looking nose, it could be mistaken for a fictional creature. These features are very useful to the shark, and help it survive in what would otherwise be a hostile environment. We don’t get to see them often as they live so deep down, but we know they are there, as they are occasionally found in fishermen’s nets.
The goblin shark is a reminder that we know so little about our own planet. We have a lot more exploring to do, and when we do, we will discover many more amazing facts about this animal.
Goblin Shark Fact #10: Not a Danger
With its monster-like features and fearsome teeth, one look at the goblin shark could have many trembling in fear for their lives, and unsure about entering the water. Despite their fearsome appearance, however, we have little to fear from these sharks, as they are quite harmless.
To begin with, they live so deep down that we are unlikely to ever meet one. Even if we did, they are unlikely to be interested in us. Goblin sharks feed mainly on fish, crab and mollusks. Humans are probably too large for them to consider us as a meal. There have been no recorded incidents of a goblin shark ever attacking a person. If anything, we are more likely to be a threat to them.