A rare sighting of a megamouth shark captured off the coast of Shizuoka has led many in Japan to think about what other monster-like creatures might be lurking in the depths of the ocean.
Thousands of onlookers flocked to the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City to see the 13-foot female megamouth shark as scientists began dissecting it for further study.
The mysterious shark—it was only discovered in 1976—hails from the lightless depth of 2,600 feet. There have been only 58 known sightings of the deep-sea denizen, and it has only been recorded live three times on film, according to WPTV.
The prehistoric-looking creature earned its name from its bulbous head and large mouth, and is believed to reach a maximum length of 17 feet.
Despite its gigantic size, the megamouth shark mostly preys on shrimp-like krill, plankton and jellyfish that it catches while swimming with its enormous wide open.
By Maesie Bertumen
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