May 6, 2014 | 11:32 am
Ladies and gentlemen, gaze upon one of God’s mistakes.
The goblin shark is a rare, poorly understood species of deep-sea shark with pink skin, an elongated snout, upward-facing eyes, and a spring-loaded jaw filled with sharp teeth. It’s basically a cross between the creature from Alien, the Montauk Monster, Pennywise the Clown, and a goddamned shark. It’s as ugly as it is terrifying. And for the first time in 14 years, one was caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
A shrimp fisherman from Georgia named Carl Moore netted a goblin shark alive last month and snapped a few photos of the 15-18 foot sea beast before releasing it back into the wild. Holy crap…so that thing is still out there? Hopefully it understands that we humans are merciful beings, and we don’t want no trouble. Check out some visual evidence of the goblin shark in the gallery above, and if you know of any uglier animals, tweet us @holytaco. (Please, no “your mom” jokes.)