Well look what the tide dragged in.
A rare megamouth shark washed ashore on a beach in the Philippines today. If you’ve never heard of these rubbery-lipped creatures, it’s probably because humans have only encountered them about 60 times, according to marine zoologist Christopher Bird and the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.
In fact, before 1976, nobody even knew they existed; which means knowledge of these sharks is incredibly limited. But we can say they’re nothing to worry about. Despite its menacing name, megamouth sharks are filter feeders that snack on small animals like jellyfish and plankton. Their giant mouths are actually lined with tiny teeth, as well as a bioluminescent patch that many scientists believe is used to lure prey. Here is another one caught last year:
"Megamouth" Shark went ashore in Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oriental. Photos courtesy of: Pry Rockwell pic.twitter.com/RfHCcfb0Gp
— Kate Ramos (@katiekatramos) July 2, 2014
Most megamouth shark sightings occur along the coasts of the Philippines, Japan and Taiwan. In the case of the 15 ft. beast hauled ashore today, however, the cause of death is still unknown.
By our estimates though, he was probably killed like this.
You can learn more about megamouth sharks in the video below.