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New record of a goblin shark Mitsukurina owstoni (Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae) in the western North Atlantic Ocean

  • William B. Driggers (a1), Katie S. Davis (a2), Carl Moore (a3) and John. K. Carlson (a4)


On 19 April 2014, a female goblin shark, Mitsukurina owstoni, was captured in a commercial shrimp trawl in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The shark, estimated to be approximately 5 m in length, was captured at a depth of approximately 490 m and released alive shortly after capture. This specimen represents the second goblin shark ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: W.B. Driggers III, National Marine Fisheries Service, PO Drawer 1207, Pascagoula, MS 39567 USA email:


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New record of a goblin shark Mitsukurina owstoni (Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae) in the western North Atlantic Ocean

  • William B. Driggers (a1), Katie S. Davis (a2), Carl Moore (a3) and John. K. Carlson (a4)


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