MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A boat captain got a startling surprise when he caught a rare shark off the coast of Key West last month.

Captain Carl Moore had caught a rare goblin shark while trying to catch shrimp.

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“I told my crew when he jumped out, I said, ‘Man that’s an ugly thing. Don’t he look prehistoric?'” he said. “Them teeth, that’s the first thing I seen on him, those wicked looking teeth in his mouth. I told them, ‘You won’t get around that thing, he’ll slice you to death.'”

Moore later released the shark back into the ocean.

(Courtesy: Carl Moore)

(Courtesy: Carl Moore)

An official from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told our news partners the Miami Herald, the catch of the 18-foot-long fish is an “important scientific discovery.”

It’s the second goblin shark, on record, ever spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the paper.

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The  NOAA official told the paper last one spotted was back in 2000.

Goblin sharks live in very deep water but not a lot is known about them.

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