Planning on visiting the beach this summer? Then you'll really love this: one of the most hideous creatures you'll probably see all year isn't a prehistoric beast, an elusive cryptid, mythical monster, or even the creation of a deranged effects artist... it's the Goblin Shark, and it's totally real.
While not much is known about the elusive Goblin (it tends to die very quickly in captivity), it's considered by scientists to be the only known living descendant of the 125-million-year-old shark family Mitsukurinidae. While more common species of sharks are scary enough, the Goblin will chew its way through just about anyone's nightmares, thanks to bizarre physical features that make it look like a rejected Alien concept by H.R. Giger... especially the projectile jaw that shoots out to latch onto its prey, as you can see in this Science Channel clip:
While it can grow to nearly 15 feet in length, the Goblin Shark is probably not much of a threat to humans, since it inhabits only the deepest waters... but it's been turning up a lot more frequently over the past decade. A most unusual incident occurred recently off the coast of Taiwan, when more than a hundred Goblins were caught by fishermen in a single month.
Just thought you might want to know...