Megamouth Shark #14 Caught off California
November 5, 1999
Observer Program Coordinator
National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Region
On October 1, 1999, a megamouth shark (female, aprox. 17 ft) was
caught in a drift gillnet and released alive in good condition.
A National Marine Fisheries Service observer was aboard the
commercial swordfish vessel, 30 miles west of San Diego,
California. The observer was able to take four color photographs
including one of the upper jaw (white lip) / lower jaw (dark
spots on white chin) and others of the underside of body (no
visible claspers). Water depth at this location is 190 fms. and
water temperature was 67.2 F. This is the third (November 1984,
October 1990) megamouth caught off Southern California in a drift
gillnet targeting swordfish.