Super Rare Megamouth Shark found dead stranded. PHOTO/ IFL SCIENCE
MANILA – A rare pregnant Megamouth shark was found washed up on the coast of Siargao Island in the Philippines. A close relative of the Megalodon Shark, this species was about 14 feet long and estimated to be around 10 years old.
As reported by IFL Science Thursday (7/12/2023), the Megamouth shark is one of the rarest shark species in the world. They are only found in tropical and subtropical waters, and are very rarely seen on the surface.
Megamouth sharks are filter feeders, which means they eat plankton and other small animals. They have large, crescent-shaped mouths, which help them filter food from the water.
The cause of death of the Megamouth shark is unknown. However, experts believe that the shark may have become stranded due to illness or injury. The shark was taken to a local museum for further study.
The discovery of this megamouth shark is a significant event for the scientific community. This is one of only a few pregnant megamouth sharks ever discovered.
This discovery could help scientists learn more about this rare and mysterious species.
Megamouth sharks are a species that is rarely seen in all the world’s oceans. That is why confirmation is always carried out regarding the appearance of this largemouth shark species, alive or dead, in a number of countries.
In Indonesia, there have been several reports of the appearance of bigmouth sharks (Megachasma pelagios) in the waters of North Sulawesi, Aceh and East Nusa Tenggara.
The first record of the appearance of largemouth sharks in Indonesia was in the waters of North Sulawesi. Quoting the Florida Museum of Natural History on the page Floridamuseum.ufl.edu, it was recorded that a Megamouth shark was seen in the waters of Nain Island on August 30 1998 at 10.00 am. Then on March 13 2004 on Pulau Weh.