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The megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) was unknown to science until 1976. It is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark, and the smallest of the three planktivorous sharks, besides the whale shark and basking shark. Since its discovery, few megamouths have been seen, with 60 specimens known to have been caught or sighted. Like the other two filter-feeders, it swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering plankton and jellyfish from the water column.

The megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) was unknown to science until 1976. It is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark, and the smallest of the three planktivorous sharks, besides the whale shark and basking shark. Since its discovery, few megamouths have been seen, with 60 specimens known to have been caught or sighted. Like the other two filter-feeders, it swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering plankton and jellyfish from the water column.

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Shark on BBC1: mobula ray, Port Jackson, epaulette, ragged Tooth, swellshark and greenland sharks

Shark on BBC1: mobula ray, Port Jackson, epaulette, ragged Tooth, swellshark and greenland sharks

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The mouth of a basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second-largest living fish, after the whale shark, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark.

The mouth of a basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second-largest living fish, after the whale shark, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark.

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The megamouth shark is an extremely rare and unusual species of deepwater shark. Discovered in 1976, only a few have ever been seen, with 39 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2007 and three recordings on film.

The megamouth shark is an extremely rare and unusual species of deepwater shark. Discovered in 1976, only a few have ever been seen, with 39 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2007 and three recordings on film.

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The megamouth shark is one of three species of shark – including the basking shark, pictured here – that eats plankton. The megamouth eluded discovery until 1976 [Credit: WikiCommons] The ancient shark likely prowled both deep and shallow waters for plankton and fish, using its massive mouth to filter food.

The megamouth shark is one of three species of shark – including the basking shark, pictured here – that eats plankton. The megamouth eluded discovery until 1976 [Credit: WikiCommons] The ancient shark likely prowled both deep and shallow waters for plankton and fish, using its massive mouth to filter food.

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Megamouth Shark-This shark is an extremely rare and unusual species of deep water shark. Discovered in 1976, only a few have ever been seen, with 39 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2007 and three recordings on film. Like the basking shark and whale shark, it is a filter feeder, and swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish.

Megamouth Shark-This shark is an extremely rare and unusual species of deep water shark. Discovered in 1976, only a few have ever been seen, with 39 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2007 and three recordings on film. Like the basking shark and whale shark, it is a filter feeder, and swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish.

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megamouth shark:A public autopsy was performed this week on a rare megamouth shark caught off Shizuoka, Japan, providing onlookers with a glimpse of the prehistoric-looking creature.Alien shark' was hauled from a depth of 2,600 feet; only 58 known sightings

megamouth shark:A public autopsy was performed this week on a rare megamouth shark caught off Shizuoka, Japan, providing onlookers with a glimpse of the prehistoric-looking creature.Alien shark' was hauled from a depth of 2,600 feet; only 58 known sightings

The sloth-like megamouth shark belongs to an order of sharks that includes the fastest sharks in the ocean: the shortfin mako and the salmon shark.

The sloth-like megamouth shark belongs to an order of sharks that includes the fastest sharks in the ocean: the shortfin mako and the salmon shark.

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