Organism name (heading 2)Goblin shark

Scientific name (heading 3)Mitsukurina Owstoni
A Goblin shark
A Goblin shark

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Size (length and weight)

A Goblin shark is usually 11 feet long (3.3 meters). The Goblin shark usually weighs about 350lb (159kg). The liver of the Goblin shark can sometimes be 25% of its weight.

Physical description
The Goblin shark has a long pointed snout on the front of its head. It has 26 upper teeth and 24 lower teeth. It also has a little pink tint in it's body.It has small eyes and five distinctive gill openings.It has six fins the dorsal fins the anal and pelvic fins also the pectoral fins. (what it looks like, identifying marks, and so on)

Location in the world
Goblin sharks are found by Australia, the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and by Japan. The Goblin sharks are seen in the oceans by Japan more than any other place.

The Goblin shark uses it's snout to smell for it's prey and when it sees it it sucks it into its front teeth and they eat it. The Goblin shark's usual diet is mostly on soft bodied prey like shrimp, octopus, fish, squid, and sometimes crab.


No animals are known to eat the Goblin shark. The only thing that threatens the Goblin sharks are humans, because their teeth are worth a lot of money and they are sometimes made into sushi and ate.
A Goblin shark looking for food
A Goblin shark looking for food

Not much is known but they know that the eggs hatch in the mother and then the mom gives birth to them. They don't know how many are usually born, or if they are the same as the adults.

Niche or role in their ecosystem
The goblin shark is a carnivore and nothing is known to eat it so it's role in the ecosystem is to eat other animals.

Other names
It is also called the Mitsukurina Owstoni. The Goblin shark was named that because of the people who caught it and studied it. The guy who caught is was named Kakichi Mitsukuri and then it was named the Mitsukurina the guy who studied the first one was named Alan Owston he helped name the fish to so it became Mitsukurina Owstoni.


last revised March 5 2010
March 11, 2010

Vanessa Jordan
Florida Museum of Natural History
A goblin shark in deep oceans
A goblin shark in deep oceans

March 12, 2010

Rick Martin
Biology of the goblin shark
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March 12, 2010