Monster of the Deep! A critically endangered shark with bulging eyes and a human-like grin is dragged more than 2,000ft below the surface off the Australian coast
- The shark, now over three feet long, was caught off the coast of Australia
- The creature, however, has sparked a frenzy online due to its glowing eyes and human smile.
- The image of the dead creature was shared on Facebook where many thought it was a cookie cutter shark, but an expert says it is a gulper shark
- This Shark Is Critically Endangered Around Australia Due To Overfishing
A ‘sea monster’ has been pulled from the depths off the Australian coast by a fisherman who was startled when he dragged a shark with bright eyes and a human smile.
The shark appeared to have rough, charcoal-colored skin and a small mouth with tiny, sharp teeth lining the top and bottom.
The image of the dead creature was shared on Facebooksparking several theories about what type of shark it is – some suggest it was a cookie cutter or a goblin shark.
The creepy creature is said to be a gulper shark which is critically endangered around Australia due to overfishing
The shark was caught by a fisherman Trapman Bermagui September 12.
He brought the nightmare fish back to his boat 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 garnered over 1,000 likes and sparked several theories about what type of shark it was.
Several users have referred to it as a cookie cutter shark, due to its small mouth and sharp little teeth.
While many Facebook users thought the creature was a cookie cutter shark, an expert has determined it to be a gulper shark (pictured)
Others were amazed by the sea monster’s appearance, with some saying it gave them “the biggest creeps”.
And a few people have suggested that it was a prehistoric creature.
But Fisher told Newsweek it was “totally not a cookie cutter”, but a rough-skinned shark also known as a hunter shark.
This species is found in the Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and parts of the Pacific.
According to Shark Research Institutethis shark has smooth skin, but the one just caught had skin that looked like sandpaper.
This could be because the shark died.
This species is also identifiable by its short first dorsal fin and the second positioned higher than other sharks.
Males can be up to 2.6 feet long, while females can be up to three feet long.
And the hunter shark is critically endangered regionally around Australia.
Sharks are a sought-after commodity in fisheries that use their oil and meat.