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    Posted: May 07 2014 at 5:08pm

Rare megamouth shark captured off Japan

'Alien shark' was hauled from a depth of 2,600 feet; only 58 known sightings

by Pete Thomas

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Megamouth shark is admired in Japan before an autopsy; image is a video screen grab

A public autopsy was performed this week on a rare megamouth shark caught off Shizuoka, Japan, providing onlookers with a glimpse of the prehistoric-looking creature.

The capture of the 13-foot female megamouth late last month was not widely reported, but it was an extremely rare event. About 1,500 people showed at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City to witness the autopsy, which might help scientists learn more about the mysterious sharks.

The shark, which is named because of its bulbous head and the enormous capacity of its mouth, was hauled from a lightless depth of 2,600 feet. It was not immediately clear, based on sparse news reports, how the shark was captured.

According to WPTV, it was only the 58th megamouth to have been captured or sighted by man.

The Florida Museum of Natural History states that the first known capture of a megamouth shark was in 1976. It was such a mysterious animal that a new shark family, genus and species had to be created. (Megachasmidae, Megachasma, and pelagios, respectively.)

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Megamouth shark’s head and mouth are shown up-close; image is a video screen grab

The FMNH website lists only 53 confirmed sightings of the megamouth shark. Either the site has not been updated or the museum lists only sightings that were 100% confirmed.

Sightings have been made around the world, but most (at least 13) were made off Japan.

The megamouth, believed to reach a maximum length of 17 feet, resides mostly at great depths, but rises toward the surface at night to feed.

Like the basking shark and whale shark, the megamouth is a filter feeder. Its chief prey is shrimp-like krill.

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the ocean scares the fudge outta me
i swear the cure for AIDS is down there
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Cool!  I love watching ocean documentaries about the weird creatures living in the deep.
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I think pollution is causing mutation .
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when i see sh*t like this, i understand why my parents wouldnt snorkel with me
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Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

I think pollution is causing mutation .
I was thinking the nuclear waste from Fukushima
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That Shark was in the ocean minding it's business. Poor sharky...
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Originally posted by blaquefoxx blaquefoxx wrote:

Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

I think pollution is causing mutation .
<font face="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="3">I was thinking the nuclear waste from Fukushima
Like those Radioactive Wolves in Chernobyl
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I always feel like those sea creatures that are waaaaaaaaaay deep in the ocean were already like that. They just haven't been caught.
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Some of the strangest stuff is in the sea....
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