Tomorrow is Hallowe’en! We have had so much fun exploring the scary creatures found in the ocean. Were you surprised by any of them? Were there some other ones we missed?
We couldn’t complete a series about scary Hallowe’en creatures without talking about goblins. Goblins are known to be mischievous creatures. They’re usually small and scary, but they’re always bad news.
Today’s Ghosts and Gills features… the goblin shark. Now we know, we know, we said that we wouldn’t ever consider human-eating sharks “scary” enough to be the stars of our nightmares. We aren’t afraid of this scary-looking fish. That’s because the goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), is not a man-hunter. It lives in the deep sea, at depths greater than 330 ft. Remind you of one of our other Ghosts and Gills? This is one of our scariest-looking creatures yet, however.
The goblin shark is unlike any other shark, with its long flattened rostrum (nose), highly protrusible, pink jaws with nail-like teeth. So while we aren’t afraid of getting eaten by this guy, we wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley, either! The goblin shark is large (between 2-4 meters lengths) but is thought to be quite sluggish due to its flabby body and small fins.
Fun fact: the goblin shark got its name from the Japanese translation for tenguzame. A tengu (meaning “heavenly dog”) is a mythological creature, which has a similar appearance to the goblin shark with a long nose. Tengu were once considered disruptive demons in Buddhist texts, but have since morphed into protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests.
We hope you’re all set for a fun and safe Hallowe’en. If you need some last minute inspiration, check out our Ocean Hallowe’en Pinterest board.