There was an article recently in the Nation Post which read “Alien and amazingly rare Megamouth Shark found off the coast of Japan”. We are one hundred percent sure that most of you would have imagined a giant grey creature leaping out of the waters to take a huge bite off the humans standing there. We judge this because it’s the feeling we all will always have when the word “shark” is mentioned because we have all seen the movie “Jaws”. Did you guys know that there are nearly 400 species of sharks and most of them are still unknown to marine biologists even- what to say of us common folk. This article will shed light on ten rare shark species, some of which are considered as dangerous as a T-rex!
10. Angel Shark
The first type of rare shark that we are going to mention on our list of ten rare shark species is called the Angel Shark. It must be noted here that the Angel shark is a highly endangered species and although at the beginning of the 20th century, this shark was in abundance, it has now become devastatingly rare. There was a survey to judge how many Angel Sharks could be captured through Trawl. Nearly ten thousand trawls were used for this purpose yet only two angel sharks were captured.
9. Goblin Shark
Next up on our list is the goblin shark. Let us ask you guys one question- what does the name of this particular shark indicate? It so is not a goblin, if that what you are thinking. The most recent sighting of the Goblin shark was in the Gulf of Mexico. What makes this shark unique from the others is the oddly disfigured head that it naturally has along with a long beak like snout which is much longer than that of other sharks. What you might find even more amazing is that the Goblin shark hunts by using its electro-sensitive organs to determine where its prey is. The shark looks so ferocious, as can be seen in the attached image, that you wouldn’t want to be within a hundred feet of this especially.
8. Dumb Gulper Shark
Next up we have the dumb gulper shark and is also known as Harrison’s Deepsea Dog fish. This one is also known as Centrophorus Harrissoni as far as it biological name is concerned. This again is a very rare species of sharks and its existence is in critical danger. The reason it is also known as a deep sea dogfish is that it can see at 820 to 1260 feet underwater. To help the shark achieve this milestone, nature has bestowed huge green eyes upon the fish.
7. Indonesian Speckled Carpet Shark
Next up we have the Indonesian Speckled Carpet Shark. Is it only us or would that name have sounded a lot better had it been Afghani Speckled Carpet Shark since Afghans are known for good carpets you know, no pun intended. Anyway, as the name indicates, it is found dwelling in Indonesian waters and it feeds on crustaceans at night whereas the shark (all 46 centimetres of it) hides in hidey holes through the day. It uses its fins to “walk” on the sea bed. We are guessing it would be amazing to see a walking carpet after Aladdin’s flying one eh?
6. Birdbeak Dogfish Shark
We next come to another species of shark that is found in the Mediterranean but is very rare none the less. As you can tell by the name, the birdbeak shark is distinguished due to its bird-like beak like snout, as weird as that sounds. The beak might remind you of the Goblin shark but that is the only thing it has slightly in common with the goblin shark. This dogfish specializes in the ability to live in deep waters.
5. Frill Shark
Next up in our list of the most rare species of sharks we have the Frill Shark. Despite the fact that this shark species is very rare, it is found in most of the oceans in the world meaning thereby that the species is not particular to one region. What makes this type of shark unique is their over all physique. As you can see in the picture that is attached, these sharks are like slithery slimy animals and one look at it will make you think of an extremely hideous version of a lizard (we can’t imagine how that can be possible since lizards are already pretty damned hideous) or a snake. They have three pronged teeth and not just a few but as many as three hundred of them. Man would it fancy a bite out of us (shivers)!
4. Nurse Shark
We next come to the nurse shark, funnily enough! This particular shark species is found on the slightly tropical regions of the Atlantic and the Pacific. What makes the shark rare and unique you might ask and to answer we would say that it has an unbelievably unique preying formula. She hovers over the sea bed at night when the rest of the sea creatures are fast asleep and the moment it senses prey, it vacuums it out of its place and devours it. How about that- a three meter long vacuum sucking the life out of poor ickle sea creatures!
3. Megalodon Shark
As we near the end of our list, we would like to mention a shark that is known as the largest shark that ever existed on this planet. The shark was none for its razor sharp huge teeth which is why the name Megalodon. It was also known as Carcharocles Megalogon. As per en estimate, this shark lived more than 25 years ago or maybe more and it is also said that this shark used to eat up other whales as if they were fish eggs. Weird isn’t it?
2. Wobbegong Shark
Did you guys know that the Wobbegong is also known as the carpet sharks. The reason is two fold, one the way they catch their prey and the other is the fact that this shark species can remain still and ponce as soon as the prey comes near. Other sharks need to continue to move in order to breathe. They also have a patterned outer skin which makes them the best camouflage sharks there ever were. The four meter long shark species is threatened to be extinct soon.
1 Whorl Shark
Last but certainly not the least, we come to Whorl shark. This shark was also known to bio-marines as the Helicorpion and if you take a look at the image attached, you shall see exactly why it is called the Helicorpian. This is another one of those sharks that lived no less than a million years ago. It is believed that many sharks lose their teeth as new ones grow but what distinguishes Whorl Sharks from others is the fact that its teeth starting forming a spiral and therefore, they just rotate around her lower jaw as can be seen in the attached image.