See the Rare Megamouth Shark Caught in Japan

It’s proving to be an excellent year for rare shark sightings.

Earlier this week, we told you about the Georgia fisherman who caught this rare 18-foot goblin shark in the Florida Keys:

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Only a few of these sharks have ever been caught.

Now a rare deepwater megamouth shark has been caught in Japan. The sharks have enormous mouths, small teeth, rubbery lips, soft bodies, and flabby muscles. The 13-foot long female shark, weighing nearly 1,500 pounds, was caught in waters off Shizuoka at a depth of about 2,600 feet, according to wptv.com.

But while the goblin shark was released back into the ocean, the megamouth shark wasn’t as lucky. In the video above, the staff of the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City dissects the shark before a crowd of more than 1,500 people. The shark is on display at the museum.

Megamouth sharks, first discovered in 1976, are among the rarest types of shark in the world. This is only the 58th megamouth ever caught or seen by man, reports wptv.com.

See a megamouth in action in this discovery.com video.