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‘Nightmarish’ shark with bulging eyes and a human-like smile is caught off the coast of Australia

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Monster from the deep! Critically endangered shark with bulging eyes and a human-like smile is dragged from greater than 2,000 feet below the surface off the coast of Australia

  • The shark, now greater than three feet long, was caught off the coast of Australia
  • The creature, nonetheless, has sparked a frenzy online as a result of its beady eyes and human-like smile
  • The image of the dead creature was shared on Facebook where many thought it was a cookiecutter shark, but an authority says it’s a gulper shark
  • This shark is critically endangered around Australia as a result of overfishing 

A ‘sea monster’ was pulled from the depths off the coast of Australia by fisherman who was surprised when he dragged in a shark with beady eyes and a human-like smile.

The shark appeared to have rough, charcoal-colored skin and a small mouth with tiny sharp teeth lining the highest and bottom.

The image of the dead creature was shared on Facebook, sparking several theories as to what form of shark it’s – some suggest it was a cookiecutter or goblin shark.

Dean Grubbs, associate director of research on the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory told Newsweek, that it looks like a gulper shark.

The creepy creature is claimed to be a gulper shark that’s critically endangered around Australia as a result of overfishing

The shark was caught by fisherman Trapnman Bermagui on September 12.

He reeled the nightmarish fish to his boat from greater than 2,000 feet below the surface off the coast of Recent South Wales, Live Science reports.

Trapnman Bermagui shared an image of the lifeless creature on Facebook, which has collected greater than 1,000 likes and sparked several theories about what form of shark it was.

Several users posted that it was a cookiecutter shark, as a result of the small mouth and tiny, sharp teeth.

While many Facebook users  thought the creature was a cookiecutter shark, an expert determined it is a gulper shark (pictured)

While many Facebook users  thought the creature was a cookiecutter shark, an authority determined it’s a gulper shark (pictured)

Others were amazed by the look of the ocean monster, some saying it gave them ‘the most important creeps.’

And a number of people suggested it was a prehistoric creature.

But Fisher told Newsweek it’s ‘totally not a cookiecutter,’ but is a rough skin shark that can be referred to as gulper shark.

This species is present in the Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Pacific.

In response to the Shark Research Institute, this shark has smooth skin, however the one recently caught had skin that looked like sandpaper.

This could possibly be as a result of the shark being dead.

This species can be identifiable by its short first dorsal fin and the second positioned higher than other sharks.

Males can grow as much as 2.6 feet long, while females can measure up to 3 feet long.

And the gulper shark is critically endangered regionally around Australia. 

The sharks are a hot commodity by fisheries that use their oil and meat. 

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