Wednesday, November 22, 2023

More megamouth sharks records discovered.

 Following the discovery of the mama Megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) last week (read here), more records have been recovered. Mama Megamouth was at first reported as being specimen #279 has now been renumbered to #284.

During research I was doing following the three strandings in the Philippines last week, data was passed on to me about another 4 records from the Philippines that i was not aware of. These 4 records were from April 2013, June 2015, November 2020 and July 2021. I also discovered a second stranding in South Africa in November 2009.

South Africa in November 2009.

As more records of catches and strandings are reported, the need for protection for this species becomes nore urgent.

1 comment:

Prof. John MK Wong said...

Yes. We should encourage other nations to start protecting megamouth like the way we get Taiwan government to ban fishing of this species back in 2020. Let MORE PEOPLE Write to relevant government APPEAL FOR A BAN ON THIS DEEPSEA SPECIES. IUCN should also include this shark in endanger species