If you ever find yourself stranded in the middle of the ocean, there are plenty of deadly creatures that you should be afraid of…namely sharks.
While some species may leave you alone, there are plenty of rare shark varieties that will not hesitate to kill and eat you because human flesh is delicious.
One of those species is the elusive megamouth shark. Lucky for us, one was caught off the coast of Japan earlier this month!
Megamouth sharks have only been known to science since the mid-1970s when one became entangled in the anchor of a navy warship near Hawaii. Since then, researchers report that there have only been 60 confirmed sightings.
ITS CALLED A MEGA MOUTH SHARK, WHY IS THIS SO FUNNY pic.twitter.com/lQjPy4CDEL
— anna bells (@muse_trash) April 23, 2016
The most recent sighting came when one was captured by a group of Japanese fishermen earlier this month. The men, who were casting their nets at Mie Prefecture, a few miles away from the Owase Port, managed to reel in the massive 16-foot, one-ton shark.
The megamouth shark gets its name from its giant mouth, which can open up to four feet wide. Typically, they hunt by cruising the depths of the ocean with their mouths open, filtering plankton, jellyfish, and other sea creatures from the water.
Male megamouths can grow up to 13 feet in length while females can get up to 16 feet and weigh more than 2,600 pounds. They’re most often found in the waters near Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) April 17, 2016
So what happened to this megamouth? According to Japanese news outlets, this catch was sold to a fish merchant.
— Liam Hanlon (@lphanlon84) April 16, 2016
(via Mysterious Universe)
As if I needed another reason to avoid the ocean forever and ever. I do wonder what megamouth shark tastes like, though…