Rare Megamouth shark caught in Japan

Rare Megamouth shark was caught in Shizuoka Japan. Weighing 1,500 pounds with a length of 13 feet (3.96 m) this harmless shark was captured at a depth of 2,600 feet. The shark was  given a public autopsy on May 7, 2014 by staff at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City.

The Megamouth shark was discovered in 1976 and is so rare, only 58 have been seen by the human eye.

They pose no threat to humans as they, like whale sharks only eat plankton.

This is the second rare shark found this year. Click to see the Goblin shark caught and released in the Gulf of Mexico.

Update: A second megamouth shark was caught http://www.trackingsharks.com/another-rare-megamouth-shark-caught/


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