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Rare megamouth shark caught off coast of Japan

Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Coast Of Japan


A deep-water megamouth shark was captured near Shizuoka, Japan. Looking at its mouth, we have to say it was named quite appropriately.


The shark measured 13 feet long and weighed nearly 1,500 pounds. It was hauled in from a depth of more than 2,000 feet.

This is the 58th time anyone has ever seen or caught a megamouth. The first sighting didn't even happen until the late 70's.

It's turning into a whole new kind of shark week!

Over the weekend, a Florida fisherman accidentally caught a goblin shark. It's considered one of the rarest -- and ugliest -- sharks around.

We probably would've just thrown it back in the water.

Check it out below -- yikes! Talk about a face only a mother could love.

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Mary Ann & Mike May 08 2014 at 3:03 PM

Now if they can reel in that missing jetliner

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mestranger2all Mary Ann & Mike May 08 2014 at 3:22 PM

They cant it has to be living in order for them to intervene and help out. Dead things they ignore

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crazy ray May 08 2014 at 3:00 PM

I don't see any teeth in Megamouth. Probably means the fish fed by seining water through its mouth and consuming the plankton left behind. That would make the fish about as dangerous as piece of cheese cloth.

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LinkDeVille crazy ray May 08 2014 at 3:08 PM

After you find one and place your arm in its mouth, let us know how that works out for ya!

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Tim LinkDeVille May 08 2014 at 4:44 PM

Oh please..........paranoid are we? Ignorance is absolutely amazing. I take it that you dive at 2,000 feet? Your logic obviously ignore the fact that these creatures were here WELL before humans.......and just like the clock-work, we exploit every friggin thing we can get our hands on.

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mestranger2all crazy ray May 08 2014 at 3:24 PM

The largest of many ocean crechers eating the smallest of the ocean crechers and still is able to maintain energy and size doing so

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o2bncapecod May 08 2014 at 2:53 PM

Such rarities and we feel we have to catch and kill it instead of just being able to wonder at it and have it live its life out. If we've seen one 58 times already, did we need to catch and kill it? Man deserves the fate he sets for himself.

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schrockie o2bncapecod May 08 2014 at 3:04 PM

I agree with you 100%. But, the Japanese will saw it apart; take the fin and everything else. Such a waste.

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ptb607 o2bncapecod May 08 2014 at 3:08 PM

I agree with you, why did they have to kill it?

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micahsmith7776 ptb607 May 08 2014 at 3:13 PM

I agree with all of you. I don't get it, why can't they let nature live and be free. To many things in life such as orca whales, and other sea animals are being killed (in this case) or trapped and put into a habitat that they are never going to get adapted to. It's so sad.

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rljcrt May 08 2014 at 3:04 PM

Leave it to the Japanese to kill any thing in the ocean.

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bigg321 May 08 2014 at 2:49 PM

i thought he tossed it back???

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JoJo bigg321 May 08 2014 at 3:54 PM

That was the fisherman who caught the goblin shark and that is what he originally stated. He probably got scared and now changing his story. He Killed it!

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JIM SCALICI May 08 2014 at 2:48 PM

And WTF is the purpose of capturing this creature? Is the fisherman's dick that small?

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Kelly May 08 2014 at 2:48 PM

couldn't they have taken pics and let it go?

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Tim Kelly May 08 2014 at 4:45 PM

Obviously, you aren't Japanese.

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bob3812 May 08 2014 at 2:47 PM

take a photo and cut it loose.......

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tomddiehl May 08 2014 at 2:45 PM

This rare creature was caught because they wanted to catch it. Trawling at 2,000 feet?? What else did they expect to catch at that depth. Shame on them.

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patrick tomddiehl May 08 2014 at 2:53 PM

You know little or nothing !!!

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Kruelhunter tomddiehl May 08 2014 at 2:56 PM

I think you may have confused two different types of net fishing. Trawling takes place on the bottom of a body of water while a seine is used near the surface. If the bottom is fifty feet down or two thousand makes little difference since the trawling technique differs only in detail.

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lindamermaid May 08 2014 at 3:06 PM

Oh boy! Something new to eat. Raw. Like whales. And dolphins. There goes the mega-mouth population!

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