Shrimper who caught rare goblin shark: "Man, he's ugly!"

A shrimp fisherman caught a rare goblin shark off Key West.

Story highlights

  • Georgia shrimper catches only second goblin shark on record in Gulf of Mexico
  • Goblin sharks live deep under water and are rarely seen, NOAA shark expert says
  • Views of goblin sharks' looks range from "interesting" to "ugly"
  • The fisherman released the shark because it was still alive
He has a face only a mother could love -- a mother who lives 1,000 to 3,000 feet under water and voraciously feeds on live squid and fish.
We're talking about a goblin shark -- only the second member of his species ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico, and the first since 2000, shark expert John Carlson said.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," Carlson, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research biologist said. "Some would call them 'ugly.' I think, 'interesting.'"
Carl Moore, 63, of Townsend, Georgia, was the unlikely archeologist of this ichthyological wonder, which he estimates was 18 to 20 feet long. He caught it on April 19, about halfway through an 18-day fishing trip.