Monday, March 15, 2010

Megamouth Shark !

The megamouth shark, is an very rare and odd kind of deep water shark. Discovered in 1976, just a a small number of this kind have ever been seen, with 41 specimens known to have been caught or viewed as of 2009 and three recordings on film. Like the basking shark and whale shark, swims with its huge mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish. It is characteristic for its big head with rubbery lips.

In the Philippines one fishermen by coincidence caught and then ate a megamouth shark, one of the rarest fishes in the world with only 41 others recorded to have been spoted, the World Wildlife.
The 13 feet (4 m) 1100 pounds (500 kg) megamouth shark died in the fight with the fishermen on the 30th March Burian in central Philippines island. It was taken to nearby Donsol in Sorsogon province, where it was killed and eaten, “said Gregg Yan, spokesperson for WWF-Philippines.
He said the megamouth shark was captured in 660 feet (200 meters) deep, which are as well frequented by the rare whale shark, the world’s biggest fish and as well a filter-feeder in the Donsol area, around 185 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Manila.

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