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.
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
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