The Megamouth Shark

Megachasma pelagios

The Megamouth Shark

Date: 15th November 1976
Location: Approx. 25 miles off the coast Oahu, Hawaii
Mission: A U.S. Navy Ship has orders to search and recover lost "Dummy" Torpedoes.
Result: The most exciting Shark discovery

As the Chute like drift anchor was being towed, suddenly something huge caused it to drag down. On reeling it up back to the ship, the crew are amazed to find a huge fish, entangled in a deep-water net. 

With a mouth measuring 1 metre wide at the tip of a 4.5 metres long brownish coloured flabby body, it was soon realized that nobody had ever seen this species before!!

It took about 7 years before this species was identified and named as Megachasma pelagios, or as it is better known, The Megamouth Shark.


The First Megamouth Shark discovered in Hawaii on Nov.15th. 1976

Eight years after the original discovery, a second Male specimen was brought up dead, in a fishing net off the coast of California.

Please note that as much as I try to keep this list up to date, I cannot guarantee that it is exact. Many catches are not being reported or data not being shared.

244 Megamouth sharks are being listed here.
  1. 15 Nov 76
    Oahu, Hawaii, Male. 446cm. 750kg. On display at Bernice P. Bishop Museum Honolulu, Hawaii.  Photo,  Scientific Paper 1, Scientific Paper 2, Scientific Paper 3

  2. 29 Nov 84
    Catalina Island, California, USA.  Male. 449cm. Died soon after being discovered caught in a drift gillnet. On display at Los Angeles County Museum.  Photo & Scientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2


  3. 18 Aug 88. 
    Mandurah, Australia, Male 515cm. Died soon after being found stranded. On display at Western Australia Museum.  PhotoScientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2Scientific Paper 3

  4. 23 Jan 89
    Hamamatsu City, Japan. Male 400+cm. It was dead when found stranded. This specimen was lost when it was washed back to the sea.  PhotoScientific Paper


  5. 12 Jun 89
    Suruga Bay, Japan. Female?. 494cm. Was found netted and released Alive. Scientific Paper

  6. 21 Oct 90
    Dana Point, California, USA. Male. 490cm. Captured in a drift gillnet. Released alive after 39h and Tracked for 50.5h.  Photo,  VideoScientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2

  7. 29 Nov 94
    Gannosu, Hakata Bay, Japan. Female. 471cm. 790kg. Found stranded on beach. On display at Marine World Fukuoka, Japan. PhotoScientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2, Scientific Paper 3, Scientific Paper 4Scientific Paper 5, Scientific Paper 6Scientific Paper 7


  8. 4 May 95
    Dakar, Senegal. Male. 180cm. Discarded Scientific Paper


  9. 18 Sept 95
    Southern Brazil. Male. 190cm. On display at Instituto de Pesca, São Paulo, Brazil. PhotoScientific Paper


  10. 30 Apr 97
    Owase City, Mikisaki, Mie, Japan. Female. 544cm. 1040kg. Preserved at Toba Aquarium. PhotoScientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2Scientific Paper 3Scientific Paper 4

  11. 20 Feb 98
    Macajalar Bay, Cagayan de Oro, Macajalar Bay, Philippines. Male. 549cm. Consumed. Photo Scientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2


  12. 23 Apr 98
    Mihama-cho, Atawa, Mie, Japan. Female.  549cm. Discarded, Scientific Paper


  13. 30 Aug 98
    Nain, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Female. ca.500cm. Sighted being attacked by a pod of 3 Sperm Whales and Swam Away. Some reports indicate 30 July and a pod of Orcas!
  14. 1 Oct 99
    W of San Diego, California, USA. Female. 518cm. Released Alive. PhotoScientific Paper

  15. 19 Oct 01
    NW of San Diego, California, USA. Male. 548cm. Released Alive. PhotoScientific Paper

  16. 18 Jan 02
    East Indian Ocean. Male 235cm. Tuna purse seine, discarded Dead. PhotoScientific Paper


  17. 20 Apr 02
    Natures Valley, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Female. 350cm. Washed Ashore
    Dead. On display at Port Elisabeth Museum, South Africa. PhotoScientific Paper


  18. 6 Jan 03
    Cagayan de Oro, Macajalar Bay, Philippines. Female. 497cm. Consumed PhotoScientific Paper


  19. 26 May 03
    Dana Point, California, USA. 610 - 760cm. Sighting. Scientific Paper


  20. 3 Jul 03
    Hualien Province, Taiwan. Male. ca 250cm. Consumed. PhotoScientific Paper

  21. 7 Aug 03
    Omaezaki, Sizuoka, Japan. Male. 430cm. Found Dead and kept at Tokai University. PhotoMore PhotosScientific Paper


  22. 8 Mar 04
    85.37 km from the port of Posorja, (province of Guayas), Ecuador. Male. 420cm. 600kg. Caught in a gillnet and Consumed. Photo,  Scientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2

  23. 13 Mar 04
    Gapang Beach, Sumatra, Indonesia. Male 176cm. 13.82kg. Washed Ashore Dead. On display at LIPI Museum, Chibinong, Jakarta. Photo, More PhotosScientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2


  24. 19 Apr 04
    Tokyo Bay, Ichihara City, Japan. Female. 563cm. Washed Ashore Dead. Kept on display. Photo, Scientific Paper


  25. 23 Apr 04
    Ajiro, Shizuoka, Japan. Female. ca. 490cm. Discarded. PhotoScientific Paper

  26. 04 Nov 04
    Namocon Beach, Tigbauan, Iloilo Philippines. Female. 504cm. Stranded on beach and Died later. Now on display at SEAFDEC Museum. PhotoScientific Paper

  27. 23 Jan 05
    Kisei cho Nishiki, Mie, Japan. Female. 528cm. Captured with a purse seine. PhotoScientific Paper

  28. 30 Jan 05
    Barangay Agusan, Macajalar Bay, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Female. 417cm. Died after being Captured in net.  PhotoScientific Paper


  29. 25 Apr 05
    Hualien, Eastern Taiwan.  630kg. First of 4 specimens caught within 10 days in the same region. Was consumed. Scientific Paper


  30. 2 May 05
    Hualien, Eastern Taiwan. 680kg. Second of 4. Was consumed. Scientific Paper


  31. 4 May 05
    Fengpin, Hualien, Eastern Taiwan.  Female. 487cm.  689kg. Third of 4. Dead.  Taken to Research Museum and Academia Sinica. Photo,  Scientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2


  32. 5 May 05
    Chisingtan, Hualien, Eastern Taiwan. Female. 483cm. 807kg. Fourth of 4. Believed to be pregnant but not confirmed. National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. PhotoScientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2


  33. 5 Jun 05
    Hualien, Eastern Taiwan. Male. 350/400cm. 400-500kg. Another Megamouth was caught from the same location. PhotoScientific Paper

  34. 26 Jan 06
    Bayawan City, Central Visayas, island of Negros, Philippines. Female. 500cm. Accidental capture by fishermen. Died before it could be set free. PhotoScientific Paper

  35. 12 Mar 06
    Barra, Macajalar Bay, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Female. 226cm. Was dead when it reached the shore after being entangled by a fisherman's gill net. PhotoScientific Paper

  36. 23 Mar 06
    China Sea. 470cm. Caught and killed. PhotoScientific Paper

  37. 2 May 06
    Sagami Bay, Yugawara, (Kanagawa pref), Japan. Female. 570cm. Found alive in a fixed shore net but it died before it could be released. Put on display at Keikyu Aburatsubo marine park (in Kanagawa) Japan.  Photo,  More Photos, Exhibit Photo,  VideoScientific Paper


  38. 16 Nov 06
    Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay. Tortugas, West Coast of Baja California, Mexico. Female. 226.5cm. 27kg. Caught in a gill net. Was later donated to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO), La Jolla, California, USA. PhotoScientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2Scientific Paper 3


  39. 30 May 07
    Barangay Tungkob, Minglanilla town, Cebu, Philippines. 249cm. Shark found alive with hole in the head. Died later.


  40. 7  Jun 07
    Sagami Bay, Shizuoka, Japan. Female. 540cm. Found alive in a fixed shore net. The shark was tagged and released. Photo,  More PhotosVideoScientific Paper

  41. 9 Jul 07
    Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Female. 370cm. 361kg. Shark was caught in a net and died. It was kept frozen until it went on display Churaumi Aquarium in 2011. PhotoScientific Paper 1Scientific Paper 2Scientific Paper 3, Scientific Paper 4


  42. 23 Sep 07
    Baja California, México. A scientific observer reported the capture and release of a large megamouth shark from a gillnet in an area between Cedros Island and San Benito Islands. Scientific Paper


  43. 27 Sep 07
    Hinunangan, So Lyete, Philippines. 274cm. Found Dead Stranded On Beach. Photo


  44. 30 Jun 08
    Taiwan, Male. 200kg. Caught and killed. Photo


  45. 10 Jul 08
    Taiwan. Male. 500/550cm. 870kg. Caught, killed and consumed. Photo


  46. 5 Sep 08
    Hinunangan, So Lyete, Philippines. 213cm. Found Stranded On Beach and was pushed back into the sea. 


  47. 30 Mar 09
    Eastern Coast of Burioas Isle, Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines. Male. 400cm. Died when caught in a gill net. Gordon Hubbell has Jaws. Photo


  48. 8 Jun 09
    Taitung, Chenggong, Taiwan. Female, 390cm. 350kg. Was sold for NT$18,000 (US$549) to a local shark museum where it will be displayed. Photo


  49. 9 Jul 09
    Praia Grande, Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Male. 539cm. According to LIMA,M.L.; RENNÓ,B. & SICILIANO,S. 2009. Gigante dos mares em areias fluminenses. Ciencia Hoje, Vol. 44, Setembro, 56-57. : The shark was found stranded and killed. Part of the specimen was consumed by the locals. PhotoReport


  50. 28 Oct 09
    Tortugas Bay, West Coast of Baja California, Mexico. Male. 180cm. Caught in a net and killed by the same boat that caught Megamouth 38 on 16th. Nov 06  PhotoScientific Paper


  51. 25 Apr 10
    Off South East China. Male. approx 400cm. Caught and Killed. Only skin and jaws left. Photo


  52. 19 Jun 10
    Eastern Taiwan. 700cm. Caught and Killed. Only jaws left. Photo


  53. 2010
    Pamilacan Island, Bohol, Philippines.  Caught and Killed. Only evidence is a 93cm. wide dried jaw displayed at Junior and Mesiang's Pamilacan Island Cottages in Bohol. Photo


  54. 14 Jan 11
    Owase, Mie Pref.  Japan. Female. approx 500cm. Was trapped in nets. Filmed and later killed. Photo


  55. 24 Jun 11
    Shizuoka pref,  Japan. Female. 540cm. Caught in a set net. Since March 2012 the specimen has been exhibited at the Main Rest House, Churaumi Plaza. PhotoScientific Paper 1, Scientific Paper 2


  56. 1 Jul 11
    West Sagami Bay, Kanagawa Pref, Japan. Female. 370cm. Caught and Killed.  PhotoMore photosVideo


  57. 30 Nov 11
    50km off port of Santa Rosa de Salinas, Santa Elena province, Ecuador. Female. 243cm. 90.9kg.  the f/v “María josé ii” caught specimen in a gillnet at 2°7.902’ s, 81°23.883’ w. PhotoScientific Paper


  58. Jan 12
    East Sea of China. Female. approx 570cm. 1150/1250kg. Caught and Killed. Photo


  59. 30 Mar 12
    Cope or Montañita Seamount”,  (currently declared as “Bajo Cope” Marine Reserve), province of Santa Elena, Ecuador. Male.  The specimen was sliced and sold on the local fish market Caraguay in Guayaquil. PhotoScientific Paper 


  60. 5 Jul 12
    Negombo fisheries harbour, Sri Lanka. Poss Female. 180cm. Location (7812′ 11.67′′N 79849′44.35′E)  Caught in gillnet and discarded. PhotosScientific Paper

  61. 16 Oct 12
    Eastern Taiwan. Female, Between 429 - 640cm. Caught and killed. Tail broke off when it was being hauled into the harbour. The organs were preserved and donated to a university and the flesh was sold. PhotoScientific Paper


  62. Jan 13
    Sagami Bay, Shizuoka, Japan. Female. 487cm. Filmed and Released for Discovery Shark Week 2013 - Alien Sharks PhotosVideo

  63. 18 Apr 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 387cm. 366kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.  Scientific Paper


  64. 28 Apr 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 250cm. 250kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  65. 30 Apr 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Feale. 373cm. 383kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  66. 5 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 500cm. 565kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  67. 6 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 476cm. 1090kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  68. 6 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 368cm. 413kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.  Scientific Paper


  69. 7 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 385cm. 328kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  70. 8 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 413cm. 408kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper

  71. 16 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 545cm. 910kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.

  72. 18 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 552cm. 452kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  73. 18 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 524cm. 516kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  74. 19 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 509cm. 360kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  75. 19 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 395cm. 320kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  76. 21 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 363cm. 320kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper

  77. 23 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 453cm. 650kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  78. 30 May 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 426cm. 516kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  79. 10 Jun 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 400cm. 356kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  80. 13 Jun 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 380cm. 348kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper

  81. 10 Jul 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 463cm. 549kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  82. 10 Jul 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 484cm. 653kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  83. 10 Jul 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 398cm. 348kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper


  84. 17 Jul 13
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 710cm. 1147kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead. Scientific Paper

  85. 6 Sep 13
    Manazuru, Japan. Female. 577cm. Caught and killed. Photo

  86. 1 Feb 14
    Santa Rosa de Salinas, Santa Elena province, Ecuador. Male. 800-900 cm. The f/v “SIEMPRE CHEO” had the fins of a megamouth shark. According to fishermen (about the same size as the boat). The coordinates where it was captured were 2°24.984’ s, 81°16.958’w.  PhotoScientific Paper.

  87. 14 Mar 14
    Sabang West, Philippines. Female. Washed ashore dead. PhotoVideo

  88. 14 Apr 14
    Yui, Shizuoka pref. Japan. Female. 440cm. Caught and killed. Kept frozen at Tokai University.  Photos & Video

  89. 5 May 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 341cm. 916kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper


  90. 22 May 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 352cm. 210kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper

  91. 30 May 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 660cm. 752kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper

  92. 31 May 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 478cm. 532kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper


  93. 31 May 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 377cm. 277kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper


  94. 31 May 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 517cm. 734kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper


  95. 2 Jun 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 370cm. 355kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper


  96. 4 Jun 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 390cm. 490kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper


  97. 8 Jun 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 370cm. 296kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper


  98. 23 Jun 14
    Barangay 2, Pobalcion, Tubay, Agusan Del Norte, Philippines. approx 1000kg. Caught and released alive. PhotoVideo


  99. 30 Jun 14
    Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Female. 548cm. 500kg. Caught in a net and dead on shore. Skin to be put on display at D' Bone Collector Museum in Davao City. More infoPhoto


  100. 3 Aug 14
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 366cm. 330kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper


  101. 28 Jan 15
    Pio Duran, Albay, Bicol Region, Luzon, Philippines. Male. 460cm. Conflicting reports say that the shark was found floating near Catundulan Point and was brought to shore OR caught in a fishing net and brought to shore. The shark was captured by 39-year-old Edgar Chavez – a fisherman from Barangay Marigondon in Pioduran, Albay – and his companions. The body was preserved and is displayed at the Albay Parks and Wildlife for scientific study. Photo


  102. 21 Mar 15
    Barangay Bayabas, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Female. approx. 365cm. Caught and died in a net by fisherman Jojo Cabatua. Was buried on site. Photo,  Video


  103. 14 May 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 290cm. 502kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  104. 15 May 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 345cm. 307kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Scientific Paper



  105. 31 May 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 310cm. 540kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead



  106. 2 Jun 15
    Nghe An Provance, Vietnam. approx 500cm. Washed ashore dead. PhotoMore info.


  107. 5 Jun 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 386cm. 510kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  108. 8 Jun 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 456cm. 456kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  109. 10 Jun 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 535cm. 625kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  110. 16 Jun 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 521cm. 1077kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  111. 24 Jun 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 440cm. 523kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  112. 23 Jul 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 290cm. 502kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  113. 27 Jul 15
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 247cm. 271kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  114. Nov 15
    Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. Caught with net by fisherman, butchered and eaten by locals.  Photo

  115. 24 Dec 15
    Banderas Bay Beach, State of Nayarit, Mexico. 530cm. The shark was stranded onshore. The body could not be recovered. Photo


  116. 15 Apr 16
    Owase City, Mie, Japan. Female. approx 500cm.  907kg. Caught and died in a set net. I have serious doubts about the reported size. If the shark is 5m long than the guy next to it must be over 3m tall!! PhotosVideo

  117. 21 Nov 16
    Piura region, Paita district, Yacila, Peru. Caught in driftnet and released alive. PhotoScientific paper

  118. 10 Dec 16
    Mojacasabe Beach, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Female.  457cm. Found Stranded on the beach.  PhotosScientific Paper

  119. 1 May 17
    Barangay Baluarte, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. approx 300cm. Washed ashore dead. Was buried. Photo

  120. 12 May 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 440cm. 498kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  121. 16 May 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 484cm. 705kg. Caught and sold to a fish restaurant. Photo

  122. 21 May 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 480cm. 617kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.

  123. 22 May 17
    Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Female. approx 540cm. 1219kg. Found Alive in a Net. Was later transferred to another ocean net were it sadly died whilst so called scientists observed her!! The Skeleton of this shark was put on display at the Kamogawa Seaworld. PhotoMore Photos, VideoDisplay VideoScientific Paper. 

  124. 26 May 17
    Kumano Sea, Mie Prefecture, Japan. Female. 510cm. Caught in a net and later released. Photo


  125. 26 May 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 295cm. 625kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead

  126. 31 May 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 460cm. 528kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead

  127. 11 June 17
    Pondol, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte, Philippines. Female. approx 400/500cm. Found stranded and died. Had wounds near belly.  Photos

  128. 23 June 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 520cm. 910kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.

  129. 23 June 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 390cm. 653kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.

  130. 23 June 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 370cm. 407kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  131. 15 Jul 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 490cm. 827kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  132. 23 Jul 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 632cm. 969kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.

  133. 25 July 17
    Shotgun, Komodo Island, Indonesia. Female. approx 500cm. First ever Megamouth to be encountered and filmed during a dive. PhotoVideo

  134. 14 Aug 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 470cm. 567kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  135. 25 Aug 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 480cm. 432kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  136. 25 Aug 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 420cm. 335kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  137. 25 Aug 17
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 470cm. 498kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead.


  138. 11 Feb 18
    Bayawan City, Central Visayas, island of Negros. Philippines. Male. 434cm. Died after it was accidentally caught in a drift net. Photos

  139. 3 Mar 18
    Barangay,Balabago, San Joaquin, Iloilo, Philippines. Female. Died after it was caught in a net. Photos

  140. 22 Apr 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 534cm. 773kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  141. 3 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. 495cm. 613kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  142. 5 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 306cm. 254kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  143. 11 May 18
    East coast of Taiwan.  Male. 437cm. Tagged and Released by Paul Clerkin. Tag to be recovered in November 2019


  144. 16 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 385cm. 420kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  145. 16 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 440cm. 500kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  146. 17 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 433cm. 490kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  147. 17 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 415cm. 329kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead



  148. 17 May 18
    East coast of Taiwan. Male. 410cm. Tagged and Released by Paul Clerkin. Collected data of 242 days. Plus also 1 month high resolution tag.


  149. 17 May 18
    East coast of Taiwan. Female. 565cm. Tagged and Released by Paul Clerkin. Collected data of 66 days.


  150. 18 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 428cm. 420kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead

  151. 20 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 455cm. 487kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  152. 22 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 364cm. 456kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  153. 22 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 368cm. 492kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  154. 25 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 500cm. 692kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  155. 25 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 372cm. 436kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  156. 27 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 400cm. 373kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  157. 27 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 445cm. 513kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  158. 28 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 390cm. 372kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  159. 28 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 416cm. 830kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  160. 29 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 570cm. 649kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  161. 29 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 465cm. 500kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  162. 29 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 472cm. 540kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  163. 29 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 404cm. 500kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  164. 29 May 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 436cm. 530kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  165. 30 May 18
    Yilan County, Taiwan. Female. 440cm. 424kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  166. 30 May 18
    Yilan County, Taiwan. Male. 360cm. 223kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  167. 3 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 440cm. 480kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  168. 3 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 463cm. 755kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  169. 7 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 417cm. 417kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  170. 7 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 445cm. 346kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  171. 8 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 493cm. 716kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  172. 8 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 399cm. 618kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  173. 13 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 380cm. 440kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  174. 13 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 370cm. 243kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  175. 13 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 445cm. 650kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  176. 13 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 453cm. 508kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  177. 17 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 370cm. 220kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Photos

  178. 17 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 390cm. 300kg. Caught in a drift net. Shark will be put on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Photos

  179. 18 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 406cm. 338kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  180. 18 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 410cm. 396kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  181. 29 Jun 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 435cm. 390kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  182. 3 Jul 18
    Bantay dagat Brgy. Sto Niño Tanauan, leyte, Philippines. Female. 550cm. Washed ashore dead. Photos,  Video

  183. 4 Jul 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 378cm. 460kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  184. 9 Jul 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 544cm. 1020kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  185. 11 Jul 18
    Los Organos, Piura, Peru. Male. est between 364cm/411cm. Was landed and consumed. PhotoScientific Paper

  186. 13 Jul 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 460cm. 348kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  187. 13 Jul 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 441cm. 527kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  188. 18 Jul 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 425cm. 330kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  189. 18 Jul 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 425cm. 454kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  190. 25 July 18
    El Ñuro, Piura, Peru. approx 370cm. Found stranded. Too decomposed to determine sex. PhotoScientific Paper

  191. 17 Aug 18
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 434cm. 400kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead

  192. 23 Sept 18
    Coast of Pedra do Sal, Piaui, Brazil. Male. 100+cm. Was found dead by fishermen floating in the shallows. Consumed. Photo

  193. 13 Oct 18
    Paita district, Peru. est 500cm. Caught in surface gillnet. Released Alive. Scientific paper


  194. 19 Oct 18
    Talupak beach, Villaflor, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines. Washed ashore dead. Photo

  195. 27 Nov 18
    Ozamiz City, Barangay, San Antonio, Philippines. Male. Approx 300cm. Found in the shallows and died after a few minutes. Was buried in the sand.  PhotoMore PhotosVideo 

  196. 28 Jan 19
    Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan. Male. Approx 400/500cm. Found dead on beach. Now on display at Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium. Photos


  197. 3 Mar 19
    Mancora, Peru. 470cm. Caught in surface gillnet. Released Alive. PhotoScientific paper


  198. 20 Apr 19
    Sitio Iget, Barangay, San jose de oro, Araceli, Palawan. Philippines. Male. Approx 480cm. Found dead on beach. Photo


  199. 25 Apr 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 350cm. 420kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  200. 6 May 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 350cm. 612kg. Was caught and than it was sold to a seafood restaurant for NT$61,200 (US$1,978)  PhotoVideo


  201. 6 May 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 495cm. 612kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Photo


  202. 11 May 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 390cm. 435kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  203. 13 May 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 503cm. 633kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  204. 26 May 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 496cm. 787kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead



  205. 27 May 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 496cm. 558kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  206. 10 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 540cm. 808kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  207. 10 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 385cm. 289kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  208. 10 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 480cm. 503kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  209. 10 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 442cm. 403kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  210. 11 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 533cm. 998kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  211. 12 Jun 19
    Lambayeque, Peru. Female. +300cm. accidentally captured in a purse seine net. Released Alive. PhotoScientific Paper


  212. 20 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 488cm. 408kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  213. 20 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 470cm. 506kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  214. 20 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 507cm. 688kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  215. 20 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 402cm. 301kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  216. 20 Jun 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 405cm. 600kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  217. 24 Jun 19
    Salaverry, Peru. 215cm. Found dead in midwater gillnet. Discarded. PhotosScientific Paper


  218. 5 Jul 19
    Baloy City Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. 300kg. Was caught by a fisherman and than butchered when pulled ashore. PhotoMore Photos


  219. 7 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 539cm. 708kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  220. 7 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 420cm. 408kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  221. 7 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 615cm. 1270kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  222. 14 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 390cm. 436kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  223. 16 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 351cm. 525kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  224. 16 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 532cm. 703kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  225. 28 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 439cm. 401kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  226. 29 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 510cm. 682kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  227. 30 Jul 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 350cm. 248kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  228. 4 Aug 19
    San Jose, Peru. Male. 375cm. Caught in surface gillnet. Released Alive. PhotosScientific paper


  229. 7 Aug 19
    San Jose, Peru. Male. 400cm. Caught in surface gillnet. Released Alive. PhotosScientific paper


  230. 18 Aug 19
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 482cm. 480kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  231. 14 Oct 19
    Paita District, Peru. Male. approx 400cm. Caught in surface gillnet. Released Alive. PhotosScientific Paper


  232. 16 Oct 19
    Paita District, Peru. Male. approx 400cm. Caught in surface gillnet. Released Alive. PhotosScientific Paper


  233. 23 Oct 19
    San Diego, California, USA. approx 450cm. Fishermen film a Megamouth shark 24 miles off San Diego. PhotoVideo


  234. 26 Mar 20
    Liberia. Male. 380cm. Found dead in a gill net. Photo


  235. 31 Mar 20
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 545cm. 895kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  236. 30 May 20
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 423cm. 439kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  237. 6 Jun 20
    Butuan Bay in Brgy. Tinago, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. approx 600cm.
    Shark was found entangled in a net on the beach and was safely released. Photo


  238. 11 Jun 20
    Tokyo Bay, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Female. 600cm. Shark was found trapped in a net and was set free. PhotoVideo


  239. 15 Jun 20
    Hualien, Eastern Taiwan. Female. 582cm.  1018kg. Reports indicate that the next 6 Megamouths were caught by the same boat. None survived.


  240. 15 Jun 20
    Hualien, Eastern Taiwan. Female. 462cm.  602kg. Caught by the same boat as #239. Dead

  241. 16 Jun 20
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 576cm. 935kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead


  242. 16 Jun 20
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Male. 378cm. 354kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Photo


  243. 17 Jun 20
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 550cm. 1100kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Photo

  244. 18 Jun 20
    Hualien County, Taiwan. Female. 482cm. 526kg. Caught in a drift net. Dead Photo


    The Megamouth Shark 
    Statistics.

    Since being first reported in 1976, we now have a total of 244 known records. Here is a look at the statistics for this very rarely encountered shark.

    Sex
    Male
    Female
    Unknown

    92
    126
    26


    Condition
    Alive
    Dead
    27
    217

    Locations

    Taiwan
    Philippines
    Japan
    Peru
    Usa
    Ecuador
    Mexico 
    Brazil
    Indonesia
    China
    Australia
    South Africa
    Senegal
    Indian Ocean
    Sri Lanka 
    Vietnam
    Puerto Rico
    Liberia 

    151
    27
    23
    11
    7


    3
    3
    3
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1

    Sizes
    Largest confirmed 
    Largest unconfirmed
    Smallest confirmed
    710cm
    800 - 900cm
    176cm

SPECIAL THANKS to the following Friends for allowing me to use
some of their photos on this page.

JONATHON TREE THE ENVIRONMENT & ANIMAL SOCIETY OF TAIWAN (EAST)

TOM HAIGHT WWW.OCEANIMAGES.COM

TON EGBERS LUMBA LUMBA DIVING CENTRE

ELSON ELIZAGA MEGAMOUTHS 11 & 28

TEODORA BAGARINAO SEAFDEC PHILIPPINES

ARNEL YAPTINCHAY MARINE WILDLIFE WATCH OF THE PHILIPPINES

and to

Henry F. Mollet

Victor Lin

Paul Clerkin

Don Petersen

Mark McGrouther

Barry Hutchins

Shaleyla Kelez
ecOceanica, Peru

Huahsun Hsu & George Chen 
Shark Research Center, National Taiwan Ocean University

Taku Horie
Department of Marine Biology. Tokai Univ. Japan

for their help.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Amazing stats, thank you for taking the time to do this.