The vast majority of the ocean is still left unexplored. There are a handful of deepwater research projects going on throughout our oceans, but it takes a lot of resources to explore the deep ocean. Often, much of what we find out about the deep ocean is revealed via the accidental catch in a fisherman’s net or at the end of a hook.

Such was the case recently when a fisherman caught one of this rare species off the Philippines. Only 59 sightings have been recorded since the this shark was first discovered off Hawaii in 1976. Learn more about this rare species.

megamouthOne of the world’s rarest sharks was caught by fishermen in the nearby shore of Barangay Cugman in Cagayan de Oro City Monday morning.

It is believed to be the 59th species of the megamouth shark seen by humans. The megamouth is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark according to Wikipedia.

Animal bone enthusiast and expert Darrell Blatchley, American curator and owner of D’ Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in northern Mindanao (BFAR-10) office Tuesday that the megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) is one of the rarest fishes in the world.

“In my 20 years as a collector, I have seen various species of dolphins and whales. This is my first time seeing this kind of shark. It was strange. So lucky to have seen a megamouth shark in [the] flesh,” he said.

Photos: Sun.Star (top); Classora (above)