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Megamouth shark

Posted on: April 28, 2010

Above the Megamouth shark

1. The megamouth has brownish-black color on top and is white underneath. And can grow to 5.5 meters (18 ft) long. Mature male grow up to (13 ft) long and and mature female grow up to 5 meters (16 ft) long. And weight up to 1,215 kilograms (2,680 lb). And have small teeth. And have a broad, rounded snout. And an asymmetrical tail with a long upper lobe similar to the thresher shark.

2. The megamouth is a ovoviviparous meaning that the young sharks develop in eggs that remain within the mother’s body until they hatch.

3. As of 2009 only 47 megamouth specimens have been caught or sighted. They have been found in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. At least ten specimens have been found in the vicinity of each of Japan and Taiwan, more than any other single area. Specimens have also been pulled from the waters near Hawaii, California, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Senegal, South Africa.

4. The megamouth shark is an extremely rare species of deep water shark.

5. Since being discovered in 1976 only a few megamouth sharks have been seen with 47 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2009 and three recordings on film.

6. Like the basking shark and whale shark it is a filter feeder and swims with its enormous mouth wide open and filtering water for plankton and jellyfish.

All of this info is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megamouth_Shark

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1 Response to "Megamouth shark"

I require a feference for this photograph.
Does anyone know who took this photo?

Regards,

Michelle Thompson
Dept of zoology & entomology
University of Pretoria

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