5. Thresher Shark
At a head-on glance, this shark looks pretty average. No funky-shaped head or gigantic mouth with gleaming daggers. But when the sharks turns, you see it: the exceptionally long, whip-like tail.
The name of this shark says it all. The sawshark boasts a long, protruding snout packed with razor-sharp teeth. It uses this personal chainsaw, a rostrum that accounts for 30% of its total body length, to slice and dice prey.
Though it was once a threatened species, animal protection laws have allowed the population to recover, and now these creatures are thriving in the depths of the Indian Ocean. While the sawshark looks intimidating, its interactions with humans are very rare.
3. Cookiecutter Shark
2. Frilled Shark
1. Goblin Shark
It looks like something you’ve seen in a nightmare, but this creature is indeed very real. Our #1 freakiest shark spot goes to the goblin shark, a deep water shark with the weirdest appearance of them all.
The goblin shark is pinkish in color, can grow to over 13 feet, and has a long, flat snout with extendable jaws and hundreds of needle-like teeth. This shark waits until prey is within reach before extending snapping jaws almost to the length of its snout to crush and devour prey. It lives at depths of around 1500 feet and is rarely seen by humans.
These sharks may seem freaky to us, but their unusual characteristics have allowed them to survive and thrive. Each one plays a vital role in its underwater ecosystem.
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