SHIZUOKA, JAPAN — Fishermen off the coast of Japan recently hauled in a rare megamouth shark, making it only the 58th time the species has ever been seen by man.
According to the Japan Daily Press, megamouth sharks get their name because of the large head. They have been known to reach a maximum of 17 feet long.
They are ‘filter feeders’ and eat large quantities of plankton, krill, and jellyfish.
The Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka, Japan dissected the animal for further study, while more than 1,000 people watched.
The remains are now on display at a local museum.