An extremely rare megamouth shark washed up near a coastal town in the Philippines. It was found by fishermen in the remote area of Gubat, in Sorsogon, and the photos are gaining popularity on social media.
The megamouth shark is very rarely seen by humans and can live up to 100 years.
The photo of the deep-water fish was first posted to Facebook on June 11 by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) spokesman Nonie Enolva, from where it was picked up by other publications and social media platforms.
news week quoted Ms Enolva as saying the shark could have become entangled in a fishing net.
The megamouth sharks can live up to 15,000 feet below the ocean’s surface and spend most of their time in the dark.
This is one of the largest shark species, measuring up to 16 feet in length and weighing about 2,700 pounds. The one found dead near the village in the Philippines was 15 feet tall.
According to Forbesthe megamouth shark was first discovered in 1976 by a US Navy research vehicle operating in Hawaiian waters.
According to the Florida Museum, there are only 269 confirmed cases of megamouth sharks worldwide so far. It went on to say that this species is often caught as bycatch in commercial drift nets near Taiwan.
The megamouth shark has a rounded snout and a large mouth on its bulbous head and its body tapers to a moderate tail fin with a heavier upper lobe.
The color of their skin is dark gray brown on top and light gray to white on the underside.
The megamouth shark is thought to live during the day, following swarms of krill from the surface of the open ocean during the day and diving deep at night.