According to reports, a rare megamouth shark washed up on a beach in the Philippines province of Sorsogon, in a tiny municipality called Gubat. Megamouth shark are barely ever seen by humans because they live mostly in the deep sea. An official from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources told outlets that it is believed the shark died after it was tangled in a fishing net.
Megamouth are interesting creatures. We didn’t even know they existed until 1976, when the first one was discovered. They generally spend their time in water as deep as 15,000 feet, but they do occasionally rise to near-surface depths. As the name implies, they have a very large mouth. They use it to filter out planktonic prey, which makes up the majority of their diet. They swim around with that gaping mouth wide open, sucking food as they go. The inside of their mouths also have light producing organs that attract prey.