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.

Shark on BBC1: mobula ray, Port Jackson, epaulette, ragged Tooth, swellshark and greenland sharks

Shark on BBC1: mobula ray, Port Jackson, epaulette, ragged Tooth, swellshark and greenland sharks

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.

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

Fishermen use a stretcher with steels bars to carry a rare 15-foot (4.5-m) megamouth shark, which was trapped in a fishermen's net in Burias Pass

Fishermen use a stretcher with steels bars to carry a rare 15-foot (4.5-m) megamouth shark, which was trapped in a fishermen's net in Burias Pass

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

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.

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