By: Betty Chu
A rare 15-foot megamouth shark was found washed ashore in the Philippines. The elusive fish was dead on discovery by local fishermen.
There have only been 66 reported sightings of the shark, Megachasma pelagios, with only 60 of those confirmed. The species was only discovered in 1976.
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The megamouth can grow to 17 feet in length and they live in very deep ocean waters. The fish has been discovered in Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.
The cause of death is yet to be determined by researchers. Keep up with the latest at the Facebook page of the Marine WIldlife Watch of the Philippines, who originally posted photos of the discovery >>
And, (if you speak Tagalog) watch the latest reports from the Philippines: