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The goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) is an ancient species of shark found in Endless Ocean, Endless Ocean 2, and Endless Ocean Luminous.

Due to its deep-sea habitat, it is rarely encountered by humans in the wild. Renowned for its unnerving appearance, it is thought to be a slow-moving ambush hunter.

In-Game[]

Marine Encyclopedia[]

Endless Ocean[]

Description[]

“These fish have soft, spindle-shaped bodies with long, flat snouts. Their dorsal and pelvic fins are round, while the upper portion of their tail fins are very long. Goblin sharks are white with pink highlights and can be seen year-round in deep ocean corridors.

Their teeth are thin and long and point slightly inward. Their most distinctive feature is the jaw, which can actually be pushed forward until it protrudes from the mouth. After death, their entire body becomes swollen with blood and turns bright red before fading to brown.

They use sensory organs on their elongated snouts to search for food along the ocean floor. When a meal is located, they shove their jaws forward to retrieve and swallow it. The genus name Mitsukurina is named after a Japanese biologist who first brought the shark to the world’s attention. The species name owstoni is named after the collector who acquired the first specimen.”

Endless Ocean 2[]

Description[]

"The front of this creature's head is elongated, giving it a monstrous appearance. It is white with a hint of pink, and when it dies it becomes red due to congested blood. As time passes, it eerily changes to a chestnut color. It feeds on creatures of the ocean floor, protruding its jaws and swallowing down prey. This is when it looks especially monstrous."

Creature Log[]

Endless Ocean Luminous[]

Description[]

"This shark has an elongated head, giving it a monstrous appearance. When it dies, its pale-pink coloration changes to red due to congealed blood, before fading to a chestnut brown. It feeds from the ocean floor, protruding its jaws to swallow prey whole, looking yet more monstrous in the process."

Location[]

Endless Ocean[]

In the Abyss, a goblin shark can be found patrolling the Whalebone Chasm at night, replacing the bluntnose sixgill sharks that can be found there during the day.

Endless Ocean 2[]

After the main storyline has been completed, a small group of these can be found in the Pillars of Shadow area at night. The player will also encounter a pair of them along with the Okeanos's Guardian during a part of the main storyline in the Celestial Mausoleum, where they must be subdued with the Pulsar.

Endless Ocean Luminous[]

Goblin sharks can be found in abyss and canyon biomes. They tend to swim just above the object of interest in the area (wreckage, whale fall, etc.), typically around mid-depth.

Dialogue[]

Endless Ocean 2[]

Introduction[]

Oceana: "Whoa! Look over there! Sharks! Oh, wow... They're so cool! Look at their crazy mouths! How is that even possible?"

Jean-Eric: "Those are goblin sharks. They're very rare and only found in deep waters. They aren't aggressive toward humans. Well... that's what I've read, anyway."

Hayako: "Uh, they seem pretty agitated... They're coming straight for us!"

Jean-Eric: "Then you've got no choice! Quick! Use the Pulsar to subdue them! Buy some time while GG tries to figure out how to open the stone door."

Behavior[]

Endless Ocean[]

The only goblin shark in the first game swims slowly around Whalebone Chasm, staying close to the ocean floor. It is not hostile, and likes being offered food and touched. It often swims through the ribcage of the whale fall in the area.

Endless Ocean 2[]

In this game, goblin sharks are hostile and will attack the player if approached. They can be placated for a short amount of time using the Pulsar, but they shake off its effects quickly compared to other hostile animals. They are also distinct from other dangerous creatures because they have a much wider detection range; the ones in the Pillars of Shadow tend to hover around the mid and lower levels of the room, and they still have a tendency to swim up and attack players near the top.

They are the only deep-sea shark in the game to not have any unlockable trivia.

Endless Ocean Luminous[]

In Luminous, goblin sharks are passive. This could be due to the pacifying effect that that Veiled Sea's waters have on their inhabitants.

Gallery[]

Notes[]

Real-Life Information[]

  • The goblin shark usually keeps its jaws tucked in and only protrudes them while feeding, unlike its in-game model from the first two games, which keeps them out at all times[1]. This method has been nicknamed "slingshot feeding" by researchers[2][3]. Also accurately reported in-game is the presence of sensory organs on the snout, which the shark can use for tracking down prey[4][5].
    • These sensory organs are called "ampullae of Lorenzini" and are present on all species of shark, as well as on rays, kites, and some species of sturgeon[6].
    • Because of its flabby body and small fins, the goblin shark can't swim very fast, so its protrusible jaw is especially useful for ambushing[7][8][9]. While it seems to prefer prey that dwells mid-water, it also sometimes eats bottom-dwelling crustaceans[10][11]. This bottom-feeding is also touched on in both games.
    • Despite its scare factor and formidable abilities, there aren't any reports of goblin sharks attacking humans in real life[12]. It is largely considered to be harmless[13].
  • The unique pink and white coloration of the goblin shark isn't due to any pigment in the skin; rather, the skin itself is largely translucent, letting blood vessels show through, which makes the shark look pink[11][14][15]. This is also why there is such a drastic color change after their death, like is reported in both in-game descriptions - the pink is replaced by brown or grey-brown, though not red[9][16][17].
    • There are some conflicting reports about the goblin shark's coloration. Some sources report no color to the skin after death, due to lack of blood-flow[18]; the pink color itself is also sometimes said to be the result of damage to the shark, and the real coloration is simply grey or grey-brown[19].
  • The first game is accurate in its report of the origin of the goblin shark's scientific name. "Mitsukurina" is from Japanese zoologist Keigo Mitsukuri, and "owstoni" is from English wildlife collector Alan Owston[19][20][21][22]. The name "goblin shark" originates from the Japanese name for this animal; it is called tengu-zame, after the tengu, a goblin-creature with a long nose from Japanese folklore[17][23]. English translation resulted in "goblin shark"[15].
    • Other common names for it include elfin shark, imp shark, and hobgoblin shark[11][14][18].
  • The goblin shark is the only living member of the family Mitsukurinidae[24][25]. This family is about 125 million years old and, as such, this shark is often called a "living fossil"[26]. There are also extinct members of the genus Mitsukurina: M. lineata and M. maslinensis[17][27][28]. M. maslinensis is the older of the two, and appears to be the earliest known member of the genus[29].
    • Various specimens of goblin shark, with different preservation techniques leaving their jaws protruding at variable lengths, were once thought to be representatives of entirely distinct species due to how different their appearances were[4][15].
    • There are fossil relatives of the goblin shark that include the genera Scapanorhynchus and Anomotodon[10]. The former is believed to be a direct ancestor of the modern goblin shark[30]. The latter of these was very abundant, with a worldwide range, and it appears to be the earliest known genus in the family[29][31][32].
    • Living relatives include thresher sharks like the pelagic thresher (Alopias pelagicus) and sand sharks like the sand tiger (Carcharias taurus)[24]. The goblin shark's relation to thresher sharks is evidenced by the fact that it has a long tail fin, though it lacks a bottom lobe[24][33].

Navigation[]

References[]

  1. WIRED: "Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World's Most Terrifying Jaws"
  2. Eureka Alert: "Unraveling the jaw-dropping goblin shark"
  3. "Slingshot feeding of the goblin shark Mitsukurina owstoni (Pisces: Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae)"; Kazuhiro Nakaya, Taketeru Tomita, Kenta Suda, Keiichi Sato, Keisuke Ogimoto, Anthony Chappell, Toshihiko Sato, Katsuhiko Takano, and Yoshio Yuki
  4. 4.0 4.1 Smithsonian Ocean
  5. Oceana.org
  6. Scientific American: "The Shark's Electric Sense"
  7. National Geographic Kids
  8. Shark Research Institute
  9. 9.0 9.1 Mental Floss: "12 Facts About Goblin Sharks"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Florida Museum
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Elasmo-Research
  12. Contemporary Dentistry Blog
  13. MarineBio
  14. 14.0 14.1 Sharksider
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 ScienceFocus
  16. "Record of the goblin shark Mitsukurina owstoni (Chondrichthyes: Lamniformes: Mitsukurinidae) from the south-western Atlantic"; Getulio Rincon, Teodoro Vaske Júnior, and Otto B.F. Gadig
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Planet Shark Divers
  18. 18.0 18.1 Animal Diversity Web
  19. 19.0 19.1 Fishes of Australia
  20. FishBase
  21. Australian Museum
  22. "Description of a species of fish (Mitsukurina owstoni) from Japan, the type of a distinct family of lamnoid sharks"; David Starr Jordan
  23. National History Museum
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Encyclopaedia Britannica
  25. IUCN Red List
  26. Medium: "Indonesia’s First Record of ‘Living Fossil’: The Goblin Shark"; Hollie Booth and Muhammad Ichsan
  27. Mikko's Phylogeny Archive
  28. "Sharks, rays and skates (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) from the Upper Marine Molasse (middle Burdigalian, early Miocene) of the Simssee area (Bavaria, Germany), with comments on palaeogeographic and ecological patterns"; Jaime A. Villafaña, Giuseppe Marramà, Stefanie Klug, Jürgen Pollerspöck, Markus Balsberger, Marcelo Rivadeneira, and Jürgen Kriwet
  29. 29.0 29.1 Iowa State University: "Phylogeny of lamniform sharks based on whole mitochondiral genome sequences"; Toni Laura Ferrara
  30. Elasmo-Research (Lamnoid Shark Evolution)
  31. FossilGuy
  32. Elasmo.com
  33. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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