A monster from the depths! An endangered shark with bulging eyes and a human-like smile is being dragged from more than 2,000 feet below the surface off the coast of Australia
- The shark, now over three feet long, was caught off the coast of Australia
- However, this creature has caused a frenzy on the internet due to its cute eyes and human-like smile
- An image of the dead creature was shared on Facebook as many thought it was a cooking shark, but an expert says it’s a gulper shark
- This shark is threatened with extinction across Australia due to overfishing
A “sea monster” was pulled from the depths off the coast of Australia by a surprised fisherman when he tugged a shark with beady eyes and a human-like smile.
The shark appears to have coarse, charcoal-colored skin and a small mouth with small sharp teeth lined on top and bottom.
A photo of the dead creature was shared on Facebook, prompting several theories about what kind of shark it was – some suggest it was a cook or a goblin shark.
It’s similar to a gulper shark, Dean Grobbs, associate director of research at Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory, told Newsweek.
The fearsome creature is said to be a gulper shark, which is endangered across Australia due to overfishing.
The shark was captured by fisherman Trapmanman Bermagoy on September 12.
He transported the terrifying fish to his boat from more than 2,000 feet below the surface off the coast of New South Wales, Live Science reports.
Trapnman Bermagui shared a photo of the lifeless creature on Facebook, which has amassed more than 1,000 likes and sparked several theories about the type of shark.
Several users posted that it is a cooking shark, due to its small mouth and sharp teeth.
While many Facebook users thought the creature was a cooking shark, an expert determined it was a goulbar shark (pictured)
Others were amazed at the sight of the sea monster, and some said it gave them the “big crawl.”
A few people suggested that it was a prehistoric creature.
But Fisher told Newsweek that he’s “not a cook at all,” but a ragged shark also known as a gulper shark.
This species is found in the Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and parts of the Pacific Ocean.
According to the Shark Research Institute, this shark has smooth skin, but the one recently caught looked like sandpaper.
This may be due to the shark’s death.
This species can also be recognized by its short first dorsal fin and a higher second than other sharks.
Males can be up to 2.6 feet in length, while females can be up to three feet in length.
The gulper shark is at risk of regional extinction around Australia.
Sharks are a hot commodity by fisheries that use oil and meat.