FOUND: An Ancient Megamouth Shark

FOUND: An Ancient Megamouth Shark

My favorite shark!! Megamouth Sharks are rarely ever seen by people. They are the smallest filter feeding shark while the basking shark is larger and the whale shark is the largest of the planktivorous sharks.

The megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) was unknown to science until 1976. It is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark, and the smallest of the three planktivorous sharks, besides the whale shark and basking shark. Since its discovery, few megamouths have been seen, with 60 specimens known to have been caught or sighted. Like the other two filter-feeders, it swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering plankton and jellyfish from the water column.

The megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) was unknown to science until 1976. It is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark, and the smallest of the three planktivorous sharks, besides the whale shark and basking shark. Since its discovery, few megamouths have been seen, with 60 specimens known to have been caught or sighted. Like the other two filter-feeders, it swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering plankton and jellyfish from the water column.

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.

Rare megamouth shark, a Megachasma pelagios (or "giant sharkmouth of the deep") washed ashore dead in the Philippines this week...15-foot shark, was discovered on the beach in Marigondon, in Albay province...is one of less than 70 ever seen in the world, according to Marine Wildlife Watch...The shark, nicknamed "Toothless," was preserved in ice by local villagers - Yahoo News

Rare megamouth shark discovered in Philippines

Rare megamouth shark, a Megachasma pelagios (or "giant sharkmouth of the deep") washed ashore dead in the Philippines this week...15-foot shark, was discovered on the beach in Marigondon, in Albay province...is one of less than 70 ever seen in the world, according to Marine Wildlife Watch...The shark, nicknamed "Toothless," was preserved in ice by local villagers - Yahoo News

Rare megamouth shark captured off Japan 'Alien shark' was hauled from a depth of 2,600 feet; only 58 known sightings :-(

Rare megamouth shark captured off Japan

Rare megamouth shark captured off Japan 'Alien shark' was hauled from a depth of 2,600 feet; only 58 known sightings :-(

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 – sort of a deep sea “Eat At Joe’s” sign, though diners quickly become dined upon   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 – sort of a deep sea “Eat At Joe’s” sign, though diners quickly become dined upon From wonders world

The mouth of a basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second-largest living fish, after the whale shark, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark.

The mouth of a basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second-largest living fish, after the whale shark, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark.

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