Post by Graveyardbride on Feb 7, 2015 0:04:33 GMT -5
Rare Shark Washes up on Philippine Beach
The body of the seldom-seen 15-foot adult male megamouth shark was found by fishermen in Barangay Marigondon in the Philippines. The gargantuan beast has been dubbed “toothless” by locals despite the fact it has 50 rows of gnashers. There have previously been only 64 recorded sightings of this type shark.
The humongous fish's cause of death has yet to be determined, but the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will carry out an investigation to determine what killed it. It is understood the critter's remains will go on display at Albay Parks and Wildlife Centre in the Philippines.
The megamouth shark trawls the seabed for morsels of food, scooping them up with its massive mouths and capturing them in their jaws. They can reach a maximum length of 18 feet and can live for a hundred years.
Southampton University shark scholar Christopher Bird told the Washington Post: "It wasn't discovered really until 1976. It's only really seen when it's accidentally caught in fishermen's nets or when it is stranded on beaches. It's just a mystery."
Source: Chris Richards, The Mirror, February 6, 2015.