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9 May

Rare Megamouth 'Alien Shark' Species Caught Off Japan Coast

A rare Megamouth shark, also called an "alien shark" because of its oddly shaped head, was caught off the coast of Japan last month.

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Photo: YouTube image

The elusive creature was discovered in a fishing trap. She weighed in at 1,500 pounds and about 13 feet in length. Only 58 of these sharks have ever been recorded as caught or sighted. They live in very deep waters and only swim towards the surface at night to hunt.

On May 6, the creature was put on display at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City, for a public necropsy.

 

  Megamouth-shark-video
Photo: YouTube image

 See even more crazy species of "alien" sharks in this Discovery Channel playlist!

Explore More Monsters of the Deep at the RIVER MONSTERS site >>

If this species exists, could the megaolodon still be swimming in the deep?

Explore the possibilities Sunday, May 25 @ 7PM E/P!

And see more Monster Week creatures starting Sunday, May 18 at 8PM E/P, with a brand-new episode of River Monsters at 9PM E/P!

 

 

 


Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook.

 

 

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