Ever wondered what a megamouth shark looks like? These fishermen in the Philippines got a firsthand look when a dead one washed ashore.
The megamouth shark (not to be confused with the megalodon shark, which is probably extinct) has been making rounds in the news lately after a dead one washed ashore in the Philippines. Not only are sightings of the megamouth shark extremely rare, but the shark is really weird-looking.
How would you like to come across an animal like that while walking along the beach?
Even though the megamouth shark is really strange-looking, have no fear: it is not dangerous to humans in any way. Not only does it normally hang out in deep water, but it is similar to the basking shark and the whale shark in that it feeds on plankton.
Other than that, we don’t know very much about the megamouth shark. It was first discovered in 1970 and there are only about 70 confirmed sightings of the megamouth since then.
So, not only did these fishermen get to see a quite unusual sight, but they are now among a small group of people in the world who have actually seen a megamouth shark in the flesh.
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