Extremely rare footage of a megamouth shark has been captured off the coast of Indonesia. British diver Penny Bielich was diving at the Gili Lawa Laut off Komodo Island when the megamouth shark passed over her. Her diving partner, Heikki Innanen, told her to get her camera and she managed to film the shark as it swam by.
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The megamouth shark was fist discovered in Oahu in 1976. Similar to a whale shark, it has a giant mouth, but tiny teeth and eats small animals, according to National Geographic.They normally grow to between 13 and 18 feet and are characterized by their bulbous heads and 50 rows of teeth.
The rare species of shark was discovered off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii in 1976.It is reported that little is known about the species but they are believed to be filter-feeders and pose little threat to humans.Like whale sharks and basking sharks, megamouths are filter feeding sharks.
Their diet mostly consists of plankton, jellyfish and small shrimp.Florida Museum of Natural History has an official record of sightings and the National Geographic claims just over 60 sightings have been confirmed in the four decades since the shark’s discovery.