The Megamouth shark

The Megamouth shark discovery happened in 1976. Since
then, only 22 specimens have been captured, which explains why there are so much information that remains unknown about them.

The scientific name of this shark species is Megachasma
Pelagios and it belongs to the order of the Lamniformes. The Megamouth, as its name suggests it, has a large and oddly shaped mouth.

Here are some other facts about the Megamouth shark. This shark species has a maximal length of 5.6 m although the largest specimen ever captured measured 5.63 m. As for its weight, it is still unknown.

Although it has been seen or caught off the coast near Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, California, Japan and Thailand, specific information about its habitat is still unknown. Despite this fact, scientists have determined that Megamouth sharks live in the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian oceans. It has been observed more often near California and Japan as it has been said to possibly represent their breeding grounds.

Megamouth sharks have been known to feed on the surface at night and remain in deep waters at night. The megamouth shark food web includes plankton, jellyfish and small shrimps. 

As for its type of reproduction, it has been suggested that it would be ovoviviparous, which means that eggs would hatch internally, giving birth to live pups. The Megamouth shark is also known to be a slow swimmer although faster than the Basking shark. It also was observed as the victim of Sperm whales attacks.

If you wish to learn more about various types of sharks, I encourage you to visit the main page of this site: Types of sharks.