Some bizarre-looking animals appeared in this lucky catch

A shrimp fisherman caught a rare specimen of shark and, thanks to his Grandson who likes pictures, he had a camera handy to snap a picture and release the fish he called “ugly” but scientists call “interesting”.

Carl Moore, 63, of Townsend, Georgia, caught the animal on April 19 and estimates it was 18 to 20 feet long. It was still alive and he released it.

The find helps fishery scientists in their information about species distribution. The goblin shark was only the second member of his species ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico, and the first since 2000. A paper will be published on the find. That’s really cool. But there were more surprises in the pictures than just the main subject.
goblin shark

Rare goblin shark wasn’t the only thing that surfaced –

Many deep sea isopods showed up in the pictures of what fisherman Carl Moore caught in his net, said Andrew Thaler, a marine biologist in California.

You’ve probably never seen one. “Imagine a pill bug the size of a house cat,” Thaler said.

The creatures, which can grow up to 20 centimeters, are common in the deep sea, Thaler said, but spotting them is rare because they’re usually very spread out.

“I’ve never seen that many in one place at the same time before,” he said.

You can’t see them in the above picture, the isopods were present in this picture of the haul on the deck. I’ve circled them here – because they are top-heavy, they end up belly up in the picture.

See more photos of giant isopods here. They are rather scary looking.

Because of the amount of isopods and the shark, one expert speculates the fishing boat may have been over a rotting whale carcass that provides abundant food for deep sea life when it sinks. That is so neat. Just a chance happening and a smart move to photograph the rest of the fauna brought up with the shark. We can draw so much information from it. Beautiful.

Something else spotted in that goblin shark photo has Gulf scientists excited – Houston Chronicle.

  6 comments for “Some bizarre-looking animals appeared in this lucky catch

  1. May 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    I don’t think most people realize how cool even garden variety pill bugs are. They’re crustaceans! But the deep sea ones are extra cool.

  2. Walter Turner
    May 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I’m just glad “giant” here is relative to other isopods and not to me.

  3. Jim Speiser
    May 8, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    How do they taste?

  4. ApexDisorder
    May 8, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I saw this report somewhere else online with a title like mystery creature, I instantly recognized it as a Goblin shark.
    The article made no mention of the isopods.
    Deep water critters are f@ckn cool as f@ck.

    I feel it is note worthy to state that the largest biomass of organisms populated on this planet are bioluminescent. Deep water fact.

  5. eddi
    May 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM


  6. Chris Howard
    May 10, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    And now for the isopodic nightmares!

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