Megamouth shark is a rare dish

National Geographic reported in April that fishermen in the Philippines caught a megamouth shark. It died as they were capturing it, so they ate it in spite of urgings from a naturalist to save it for science. Megamouth sharks were discovered in 1976. They are a filter-feeder in their own family and genus.

This was only the 41st one ever seen. So little is known of them that conservation authorities can’t assess their status.

image from Natural Geographic

image from Natural Geographic

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