Extremely rare megamouth shark caught in Japan

An extremely rare shark has been caught by fishermen in Japan.

The aptly named Megamouth shark swims with its massive mouth open to catch plankton and other food.

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It was caught in fishing nets five kilometres from Owase Port in Mie Prefecture and was around five metres in length.

It weighed around a ton and was bought by a Japanese fish monger.

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Megamouth sharks have been reported to swim between depths of 120 and 160 metres under water during the day, ascending to between 12 and 25 metres during the night.

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