The Megamouth Shark

The megamouth shark  (Megachasma pelagios) is a species of deep sea shark. This shark is rarely seen by humans and is the smallest of the three extant filter sharks namely the whale shark and the basking shark. More than 120 known specimens were documented in 2018, Megamouth Sharks are found in the Western Atlantic, Indo-Pacific, Northwest Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic, Hawaiian, Western Central Pacific, and Indian Oceans. The Megamouth Shark is a bycatch from floating net fisheries that targeted the Sharptail Mola in deep waters off the east coast of Taiwan. Megamouth sharks are likely to be at high risk of extinction if they are subjected to frequent fishing.


There is no data about Megamouth Shark on size of pups at birth. Maximum measured size 549 cm. Mature males grow up to 400 cm, while mature females grow up to 500 cm.


The Megamouth Shark is taken as rare, incidental bycatch of various high-seas and coastal fisheries,including commercial drift gillnets, set fish traps, and pelagic longlines, and trawls


The Megamouth Shark is occurs over the continental shelf and in oceanic waters it has been recorded in depths as shallow as 5 m in oceanic waters,40 m on the continential shelf,8-1500 m offshore in the pelagic zone,and 348-4600 m in the Western Atrlantic,Indo-Pacific,Northwest Atlantic,Southwest Atlantic,Hawaii,Western Central Pacific,and the Indian Ocean

Source : IUCN

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– Tertius Fourie

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