Rare ‘alien of the deep’ found off Australian coast

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SYDNEY -- A rare sea creature, described as an "alien of the deep," has been found off the coast of Australia.

According to Discovery, the Australian Museum showed off the goblin shark, with its fleshy snout and nail-like teeth, on Tuesday.

The sharks live on deep sea bottoms and little is known about their lives.

Australian Museum Fish Collection Manager Mark McGrouther said this was only the fourth goblin shark to be acquired by the museum, with the first two collected in the 1980s.

The museum said the shark had died by the time it was given to a local aquarium, but said it had been well kept and would be an asset to its collection.

The goblin shark is believed to be a living fossil, dating back some 125 million years.


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