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The Coolest Sharks of All Time

By Becky Ferreira Aug 8, 2013

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Goblin Shark

There is nothing on the Earth like the goblin shark. It is the last surviving member of the 125-million-year old family Mitsukurinidae, and it truly does look like it swam straight out of the Cretaceous...or alternately, out of your worst nightmares. This mysterious time capsule of a bygone eon hangs out in deep sea canyons, prowling the seabed for crustaceans and cephalopods. Because of this, footage of it is quite rare, but brave divers have been able to catch it on film. Warning: don't click that link if you are uncomfortable seeing a goblin latching onto a diver in the deep, dark water. *Shudder*

Tags: animals, science, slideshows, sharks, shark week

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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