Monster from the deep! Critically endangered shark with bulging eyes and a human-like smile being towed from more than 2,000 feet below the surface off the coast of Australia
- The shark, now over a meter long, was caught off the coast of Australia
- However, the creature has caused a frenzy online for its beady eyes and human-like 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 dogfish
- This shark is critically endangered across Australia from overfishing
A ‘sea monster’ was pulled from the depths off the coast of Australia by a fisherman who was surprised to drag in a beady-eyed shark with a human-like smile.
The shark appeared to have rough, charcoal-colored skin and a small mouth with small sharp teeth along the top and bottom.
The image of the dead creature was shared on Facebook, leading to several theories about what kind of shark it is — some suggest it was a cookie cutter or a goblin shark.
Dean Grubbs, associate director of research at Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, said: News weekthat it resembles a dogfish.
The creepy creature is said to be a dogfish that is critically endangered across Australia from overfishing
The shark was caught by a fisherman Trapnman Bermagui on Sept 12.
He cast the nightmarish fish at his boat from 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 inanimate creature on Facebook, which has racked up more than 1,000 likes and sparked several theories about what kind of shark it was.
Several users posted that it was a cookie cutter shark, due to its small mouth and small, sharp teeth.
While many Facebook users thought the creature was a cookie cutter shark, an expert determined it to be a dogfish (pictured)
Others were stunned by the sea monster’s appearance, some saying it gave them “the big jitters.”
And a few people suggested it was a prehistoric creature.
But Fisher told Newsweek it’s “not a cookie cutter at all,” but a rough-skinned shark also known as a dogfish.
This species is found in the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Pacific Ocean.
According to the Shark Research Institutethis shark has smooth skin, but the recently caught shark had skin that resembled sandpaper.
This could be because the shark is dead.
This species is also recognizable by its short first dorsal fin and the second higher than other sharks.
Males can grow up to 2.6 feet in length while females can grow up to three feet in length.
And the spiny dogfish is critically endangered in the region around Australia.
The sharks are a hot item for fisheries that use their oil and meat.