What part do I point out first? The nail-like teeth? The pointy nose? The protruding jaw? The fact that this shark is pink?
I don’t think this shark needs an introduction, as it is pretty much famous now: the goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni). These sharks are also known as "Elfin sharks," and are rare (only a few specimens have been discovered. The most recent one was caught in 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico out by the Florida Keys. This is only the second ever goblin shark to be caught in the Gulf of Mexico. The shark was photographed and released back into the water, but more than likely died.
This species may be one of Melissa’s favorite solely for its coloration. Which might make her vain, but whatever. The leopard chimaera, Chimaera panthera, also has the coolest scientific name, in her opinion.
The Cuban dogfish (Squalus cubensis) is a dogfish, a member of the family Squalidae in the order Squaliformes. It is found in the Western Atlantic from North Carolina to Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico, around Cuba, Hispaniola, southern Brazil and Argentina. It inhabits continental shelves and uppermost slopes at depths from 60 to 380 meters. Its length is up to 110 cm.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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