A very rare Megamouth Shark (Megachasma Pelagios), was caught by fishermen off Japan’s coast. Deepwater shark was caught by fishermen in their fishing nets 3 miles (5 km) away from Owase port (Wei Jiu Shi) in the Mie Prefecture. It is located in central Japan’s Kii Peninsula, in the southeastern Kii Peninsula. The five-metre (16.4 ft) long creature, the smallest of the three extant planktivorous sharks, weighed 907 kg (2,000 pounds) and was purchased by a local fishmonger. 1976. was the first to learn about this shark. Only sixty-one sharks have ever been caught or seen. Many people believed that the sightings of the sharks in the beginning were hoaxes. The nearly 1-ton megamouth shark was caught by a Japanese fishing net. (Image: twitter.com/louoly_o0) Like its two other filter feeder cousins, the Megamouth Shark swims with its massive mouth wide open, filtering water for jellyfish and plankton. The Megamouth Shark is unusual in appearance, with a big mouth and large head. This shark is unique from all other species and is often considered the only one in Megachasmidae. Scientists have speculated that the Megamouth could be a member of the Cetorhinidae family, where the basking shark is the only surviving member. Megamouths are not as good swimmers than other sharks. The Megamouth has a flabby, soft body. It lacks the caudal Keels (lateral ridges located just ahead of its tail fin). This shark is much less active than the whale shark or basking shark, which are filter-feeding sharks. This tweet by Mr. Khan shows its relative size to the man behind it. (Image: twitter.com/youthere1web) It has a stout body with a long, very wide bulbous head. It is one of the largest shark species. They can reach 18 feet (5mi) in length, weigh 1 ,315 kilogram (2 ,697 lbs). The Megamouth has a large mouth, measuring up to 1.3m (4ft 3in) in width. It also features small teeth and a wide, round nose. It is often mistaken for a juvenile orca, or a killer whale. The mouth of the animal is covered in luminous photoophores, which are light-emitting organisms that appear as glowing spots. The photophores are likely to act as lures for small fish and plankton. A 4.9 metre (14 foot) long male Megamouth was caught near the surface in California in 1990. A small radio tag was attached to the soft-bodied fish by scientists who wanted to keep an eye on it. The tag provided data about the fish’s swimming patterns over a period of two days. This included information on how deep the shark would swim, and what times it was swimming. Tracking Sharks reports that the Megamouth shark was not intentionally netted. It has been reportedly sold to a fish market. This is the 61 first specimen that has been captured or observed. Two were found in 2015,, and one in 2014.. (Image: twitter.com/louoly_o0) They reported that during the day, the shark swam to a depth of about 120 to 160 metres (390 to 520 ft). However, during sunset it would come back up and settle at depths of between 12 and 25 metres (39 to 82 feet) during the night. The speed of its progress during day and night was very slow – around 0. 93 from 1.3 to 1.5 mpg (11.5 to 2.1 km/h). Many marine animals have reported this pattern, in particular those who are interested in plankton. Megamouth sightings are likely to be higher than those reported. Megamouths are so large and difficult to handle that they have been likely returned to the ocean by their owners. Florida Museum of Natural History. According to Florida Museum of Natural History, “This unusual and rare shark has only been seen so many times that scientists have compiled extensive notes and a detailed list of each shark they encountered.” The megamouth shark is classified as “Data Deficient” because of the insufficient information regarding its distribution and status.
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