Megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios). Since its discovery, in 1976, only 9 megamouth sharks have been seen with 50 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2010 (source: wikipedia)

Megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios). Since its discovery, in 1976, only 9 megamouth sharks have been seen with 50 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2010 (source: wikipedia)

FOUND: An Ancient Megamouth Shark

FOUND: An Ancient Megamouth Shark

Tasselled wobbegong shark! (or as my husband put it, it's a prehistoric people eating shark).

Tasselled wobbegong shark! (or as my husband put it, it's a prehistoric people eating shark).

Megamouth Shark-This shark is an extremely rare and unusual species of deep water shark. Discovered in 1976, only a few have ever been seen, with 39 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2007 and three recordings on film. Like the basking shark and whale shark, it is a filter feeder, and swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish.

Megamouth Shark-This shark is an extremely rare and unusual species of deep water shark. Discovered in 1976, only a few have ever been seen, with 39 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2007 and three recordings on film. Like the basking shark and whale shark, it is a filter feeder, and swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish.

The sloth-like megamouth shark belongs to an order of sharks that includes the fastest sharks in the ocean: the shortfin mako and the salmon shark.

The sloth-like megamouth shark belongs to an order of sharks that includes the fastest sharks in the ocean: the shortfin mako and the salmon shark.

History of Sharks -Megamouth sharks are rarely seen (Credit: Bruce Rasner/NPL)

The epic history of sharks

History of Sharks -Megamouth sharks are rarely seen (Credit: Bruce Rasner/NPL)

A rare megamouth shark washed ashore in the Philippines this week, wildlife officials said. The 15-foot shark, a Megachasma pelagios (or "giant mouth of the deep"),

Rare megamouth shark discovered in Philippines

A rare megamouth shark washed ashore in the Philippines this week, wildlife officials said. The 15-foot shark, a Megachasma pelagios (or "giant mouth of the deep"),

megamouth_shark      Megamouth Sharks are filter-feeders like Whale Sharks (below) and Basking Sharks. Growing up to 18 feet long and weighing as much as 2.5 tons, Megamouth Sharks are a deepwater species that boasts a ring of light-emitting photophores around its mouth.   From wonders world

megamouth_shark Megamouth Sharks are filter-feeders like Whale Sharks (below) and Basking Sharks. Growing up to 18 feet long and weighing as much as 2.5 tons, Megamouth Sharks are a deepwater species that boasts a ring of light-emitting photophores around its mouth. From wonders world

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