The goblin shark of Tokyo Bay will make you soil yourself

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Sharks are already scary enough, what with their razory teeth and evolutionarily honed hunting mojo. But this monster has a retractable jaw. A retractable effing jaw. You're welcome, nightmares.

The only thing keeping the Mitsukurina Owstoni, as it's known in its native Japan, from taking up permanent residence in my fear cabinet is that this incredibly rare — once even thought to be extinct — shark is only 1.3 meters long.

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(Via Weird Asia News)

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DISCUSSION

Per my sweety (a marine biologist) - many fish with 'noses' have electrical sensory organs housed in them for finding prey.- This shark likely uses it to find small fish or worms in the seafloor mud.

Also note how the diver has to goad it into biting him, and doesn't seem too concerned with it attached to his arm. It's got a pretty weak bite and tiny teeth.

You may now return to your regularly-scheduled retractable-jawed-shark-of-doom nightmares.