I can't believe it! The first shark we get to see on our dive today is the awesome Megamouth shark!
The accidental capture of a large, black, blubbery shark off Hawaii in 1976 was the shark discovery of the century! The animal had been entangled in deep-water net lines. Folks knew that this was something special!
The Megamouth has a very large head, a huge distending mouth about 3 to 4 feet wide, and numerous small teeth.
The Megemouth's scientific name is Megachasma Pelagios, from the Greek, and means
"giant yawner of the open sea".
Only 18 specimens of this shark have been found since the first one that was discovered in 1976. The last Megamouth was caught on January 6, 2003 in Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. The shark had become entangled in a gill net and brought to shore by fishermen who butchered the shark after it died.
Very little is known about this species. It is believed to be a plankton feeder, swimming slowly through the open ocean, filtering out small shrimp and other prey. The silvery lining of its mouth may be reflective so that it encourages or attracts its prey into its mouth.
Now lets swim on to see what other surprises await us...
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