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Megachasmidae - megamouth sharks

There is one species in this family of sharks. The megamouth shark was first discovered in 1976. It is found in deep ocean waters off the coasts of California, Hawaii, Japan, and Australia. It is around 16 feet long and has small hooked teeth, two dorsal fins, an anal fin, five pairs of gill slits, small eyes, a big head, a rounded snout, and a very big mouth! It is a filter feeder. It swims with its mouth open and take sin water and filters out small crustaceans, fish eggs, and larvae with gill rakers located on its gill slits.

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Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  Megamouth Shark - Megachasma pelagios

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The megamouth shark is a large filter-feeding shark.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

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Scientists believe that the megamouth shark is the most primitive living species within the order Lamniformes.
Source: Florida Museum of Natural History Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: Yes