Tourist Beaches In Panic When Monster Sea Creature Comes Ashore
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Tourist beaches in the Philippines were in panic recently when a 2 ton monster was stranded on the shoreline in the small tourist and fishing village!
Holiday makers and locals alike were all astounded and shocked when this huge 20 foot long shark appeared in the shallow water. Just a few feet away from people who nearly jumped out of their skin.
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The monster had been trapped in local fisherman nets. In just a few minutes it was surrounded by crowds of onlookers who simply could not believe what they were seeing. This huge unusual deep water shark is called a mega mouth shark.
It was only discovered in recent times first being recorded by scientists in 1976. Only 70 sightings of the gigantic beast have ever been known to this day. Scientists estimate that these sharks can live to be over 100 years old.
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As scary as this 20 foot 2 ton beast looks, it is not dangerous to humans. The huge sharks actually feeds on microscopic life in the oceans filtering them through its gills and does not feed on larger prey. This shark eventually died whilst being untangled from the nets.
Why the shark was so close to shore in shallow water is unknown.
Bathers were terrified by the event but even if they had known the shark was harmless the sheer size of the beast was certainly enough to frighten anyone. Would you go into the water if you saw a monster as large as this swimming beside you.
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Big mouth shark facts
The bigmouth shark is one of the rarest and most mysterious members of the shark family. Since the first specimen was captured and examined in 1976, only 22 individuals of this species have been found, and many details of its life are still unknown.
The bigmouth is the third known species of shark that feeds exclusively on plankton, like the whale shark and basking shark. To date, the largest known specimen has measured 5.63 meters, an indication that, like its plankton-eating counterparts, the bigmouth can grow to considerable sizes. Its most distinguishing feature, as its name suggests, is its huge and somewhat misshapen mouth. A close relative of the great white and mako sharks, the bigmouth also appears to be well distributed. It has already been found in Senegal, South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, but appears mainly in California and Japan – areas where several specimens have been discovered and which seem to be ideal for the reproduction of this enigmatic creature.
The bigmouth feeds at night near the surface and retreats to the depths during the day. It appears to be slower and less agile than the basking shark, as it has been observed being attacked by sperm whales.
Max Size: 5.6m
Distribution: Uncertain, but found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.
Diet: Plankton, mainly small shrimp and jellyfish.
Reproduction: Uncertain, but probably ovoviviparous.