Megamouth shark is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark. Scientist only confirmed that this shark species are real when US Navy vessel accidentally dragged up a megamouth shark in 1976.

Villagers use a stretcher to carry a rare 15-foot (4.5-m) Megamouth shark.

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November 15, 1976, the first megamouth shark caught.

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January 28, 2015 in Pioduran, Albay, Philippines, an incredible rare and weird-looking creature with rounded head and 50 rows of tiny teeth is washed ashore. It’s a 15-footer Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) beached in Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay that day. According to Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines it’s the 66th megamouth shark ever seen in the world (some say this is only the 60th confirmed sighting). The Philippines has the second most number of reports in the world, now at 15, next to Japan.

megamouth 1Posted by: Nonus Enolvus’s photo and Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.

It was just recently; in June 2014 a fisherman caught a megamouth shark in the shore of Barangay Cugman in Cagayan de Oro City.

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“According to the fisherman that caught it, the animal died while struggling in the net, but was already weak at the time.”

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This 4.6 meter long Megamouth male shark in Pioduran, Albay is larger than some estimates for the maximum size of the male members of the species. And despite the scary appearance and many tiny teeth this shark is one of the gentle sharks and one of the three that feeds on plankton (The other two are the basking shark and whale shark.)

Here’s a rare footage of Megamouth shark:

 

Here’s a video of a Megamouth shark found in Japan being dissected by scientists:

This is one of weird looking sharks I’ve ever seen, good thing this one is a gentle giant like the whale shark.

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