Megamouth shark caught in Japan

Megamouth shark caught in Japan

An extremely rare deep-water megamouth shark has been caught off the coast of Japan.

It is believed to be only the 58th known sighting of the animal on record.

The female shark was hauled from a depth of 2,600 ft and weighed almost 680kg.

The name ‘megamouth’ is derived from the disproportionate size of its huge head and the enormous capacity of its mouth, which is kept open as it swims in order to filter water for plankton and jelly fish, reports The Independent.

Over 1,000 people turned up to watch the 13ft fish’s necropsy, which scientists are hoping will help them learn more about the unusual species

The first even megamouth caught was found on the sea anchor of a US Navy ship off the coast of Hawaii.

The sharks can grow to a maximum length of between 17 and 18ft and were only recognised as a species almost 30 years ago.