Shrimpers Catch Rare Goblin Shark Off Florida Keys

Courtesy of Carl Moore | CBS Miami
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News Release: Associated Press News

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Commercial shrimpers recently caught a rare goblin shark off the Florida Keys.

Captain Carl Moore says he was trawling for royal red shrimp south of the Marquesas Keys April 19 when he netted the 15-foot goblin shark. He told The Key West Citizen ( that he immediately noticed the shark's distinctive head when the net spilled the shark and hundreds of pounds of shrimp onto the deck.

After taking some photos, the 63-year-old Georgia man and his crew used a pulley system to return the shark to the water alive. He explained that he wasn't sure if goblins sharks were a protected species.

John Carlson is shark expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries Service. He said goblin shark encounters are rare in U.S. waters. Nearly 80 percent of goblin shark encounters occur off Japan.

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