Goblin Sharks, Mitsukurina owstoni Jordan 1898 in Captivity

Thanks to Charlott Stenberg for information and/or photos. General information with distribution map.
List of all goblin sharks.

Photograph/Date Aquarium TL (m) Sex Days in captivity

Marine Science Museum, Social Education Center, TOKAI University
Charlott Stenberg personal communication: Captive specimen. It stayed alive for 48 h. Yanagisawa has written some small papers in Japanese about it. One called 'Beahaviour of the goblin shark Scapanorhynchus owstoni in the aquarium'. I think it was caught in 1984, but I'm not sure. Here is the URL: http://www.umi.musetokai.jp/encyclopedia/fish/mtkrzm.html

1.15 M 2
April 13-17, 1995 Tokyo Sea Life Park
Jan 25-27, 2007

Tokyo Sea Life Park

  M 3
March 27- April 10, 2007

Tokyo Sea Life Park
Goblin shark caught again! Tokyo Sea Life Park, Apr 05, 2007

On March 27, 2007, Tokyo Sea Life Park's aquarists caught again a male goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), 1.2m long at 250m deep in outer Tokyo Bay. This is the third time we caught goblin sharks since the opening of the aquarium in 1989, and the second time just in 2007.
The first time we kept one for 5 days (from April 13 to 17, 1995), and the second time for 3 days (January 25 to 27), but this time the individual has been alive for 10 days as of April 5, 2007.
Now we keep the male alive in our "compression tank," which is set up behind-the-scene. The tank, which was made in March 1997 by Tokyo Sea Life Park in order to conduct research of deep sea life, holds 3 tons of water and can produce about 10 atmospheres, equivalent of the pressure at 90 meters deep.
Apr. 10 - Japanese shark keepers used a pressure tank to keep the second
Goblin Shark to be caught in a month alive - but the creature from the deep
died after two weeks.

1.2 M 14
03 Feb 2016

Numazu Deepsea Aquarium
A goblin shark was caught alive Suruga Bay, Japan
on 3rd February will be displayed at Numazu Deepsea Aquarium. It is a male and about a meter long, captured in about 100 meter deep water. According to the manager of the aquarium, the longest record for captivity of this species was about a week.
Thanks to Vic Lyn for info.

~1.0 M  

Created April 2007, revised Feb 2016

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