A New Secimen of Megamouth

A seventh specimen of the Megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) washed ashore in Japan in November 1994, exactly 18 years after the first specimen was first hauled up in a US navy parachute anchor off Hawaii in November,1976. The find was a perfect example of how large, strange creatures can easily escape the roving eye of ma, at least in the depths of the sea. This latest specimen is the third recorded in Japan, and is the first female obtained. The 4.8 m long, 790 kg shark was taken to Fukuoka's marine museum, where it was frozen and is now awaiting permanent preservation.

Credit: Karl Shuker, Strange Magazine #15.