Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Coast of Japan

Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:35 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A rare megamouth shark was caught 2,400 feet below the ocean’s surface off the shores of Japan this week.

According to the Japanese Daily Press, the 13-foot-long shark weighed about 1,500 pounds and was dissected in front of about 1,500 people by scientists from the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka, Japan.

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Fewer than 50 megamouth sharks have been reported seen by people, with only three being filmed, the Daily Press said. Thirteen of the sightings were in waters off the Japan coast.

The rare shark feeds on plankton and jellyfish.



Another rare shark, a pink goblin, made the news recently after it was caught in April by fishermen off the Florida coast.

The goblin shark was caught by Capt. Carl Moore off the coast of Key West.

“Man, that thing looks prehistoric,” Moore told NBC News. “When it came up, I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t measure him because his head was slashing around, and he had some mean-looking teeth and I didn’t want to get caught up in those.”

He didn’t consider keeping the shark to eat. “As ugly as it was, I don’t think I’d bite into it,” he said.

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