What If a Shark Is Spookier Than a Goblin?

Get curious about goblin sharks... if you dare!

What: The goblin shark is a shark that acts as much as a monster as it looks.


Who: Tengu is a supernatural being from Japanese folklore after which the goblin shark is named. How? Why? Find out in The Screaming Hairy Armadillo!


When: When did goblin sharks first roam the Earth? Many million years ago, to be inexact. Goblin sharks are as old as dinosaurs--so old they are what scientists refer to as a living fossil.


Where: Goblin sharks live deep--up to 4,300 feet deep!--down in the ocean where it's dark... and extra spooky!


How: Goblin sharks can open their mouths 111 degrees wide! How wide is that? If you could open your mouth that wide, your lower jaw would hit your chest!


Why: Why do you think goblin sharks have been able to survive from the days of the dinosaurs until today? They have had to have several things go right, from where they live to how they behave. What can humans learn from goblin sharks to live longer?


Huh?: Why do goblin sharks have a snout in the shape of a sword sticking out of their head? Scientists don't know why! But they suspect it may have super-sensitive electrical receptors to help the goblin shark locate their lunch.


Wow!: You've heard of eating take out, but how about throwing your mouth out to eat? Goblin sharks eat using what scientists call "slingshot feeding."

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