Megamouth Shark Facts!

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Megamouth shark. Image credit: FLMNH Ichtyology cc4.0

Megamouth Shark Facts!

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Megamouth shark. Image credit: FLMNH Ichtyology cc4.0

The Megamouth Shark can grow over 16.5 feet (5 meters) in length. As its name suggests, it has a large mouth that can be as wide as 4.25 feet (1.3 meters), although it has small teeth compared to the huge size of its mouth. A distinctive feature of the shark is its large head, which doesn’t seem to be proportional with the rest of its body. Megamouth sharks are ovoviviparous, i.e. the mother gives birth to live young that have hatched from eggs within her body.

Filter feeding Sharks

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25 ft-long (7.6 m) whale Shark filtering plankton, in Maldives. Image credit: Arturo de Frias Marques cc4.0

It is one of the three known filter feeding sharks, (including the whale shark and basking shark). The shark takes in water to its mouth with whatever it contains. And then the water is filtered out by grates that are around the gills, while the debris remains. The jaws and gills of the shark are specialized for this task. Filter feeders are an essential asset to the ocean because they keep the water clean for other aquatic life.


Megamouth Shark by 1boogiemanBC

This video focuses on the Megamouth shark and how sharks are born or hatch. Others sharks shown include the blue shark, leopard shark, angel shark, horn shark and swell shark.

These videos are mentioned in the following books:
Sharks Early Readers
25 most Awesome Sharks
The Daily Shark

More Shark Video Pages to Enjoy:
Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerhead, Mako, Great White, Megamouth, Goblin Sharks, Shark Senses, Sharks and Humans, Tonic Immobility, Whale Sharks, Lanternshark, Megalodon, Cookiecutter, Frilled Sharks, Spiny Dogfish, Basking Sharks, Angel Shark, Horn Sharks, Wobbegong, Zebra Shark, Blue Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Reef Sharks, Sand Tiger Shark, Oceanic Whitetip.




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