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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.

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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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The megamouth shark is an extremely rare and unusual species of deepwater 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.

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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

In Photos: Spooky Deep-Sea Creatures

Monstrous Megamouth Shark The megamouth shark, shown here, is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark. The megamouth swims with its mouth wide open, catching and sucking in fish and krill as it glides along.

Rare megamouth shark discovered in Philippines

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