Goblin shark caught off Australia

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A fisheries research team has caught a rare Goblin shark off Australia.

The fish is the first one caught in over 20 years.

According to The Mercury, CSIRO shark biologist Ross Daley said that the team became very excited when they spotted the fish among a haul of deepwater blue grenadier.

"Chris said he had never seen anything like it in 20 years of fishing. He was laughing and shaking his head. We believe it to be a terribly exciting find."

"We could spend $2,000,000 trying to search the ocean for one of these and have no guarantees of finding anything."

"At this point we know very little about the species -- we are blessed with the opportunity to study it.

"Goblin sharks are bottom-dwellers, swimming hundreds of metres below the 1000m depth where fisherman fish to.

"It is not known why this one was found swimming inside that range."

The rare shark, Mitsukurina owstoni, looks like nothing else you'll have seen before in the fish world. The fish, which grows to about 3-4m, has a flappy body and a long pointed snout.