Confirmed Megamouth Shark Sightings

Megamouth on display in museum, number 24

This megamouth washed up in Tokyo Bay, Ikhihara City, Japan in 2004

We have over 60 confirmed occurrences of megamouth sharks around the world and are investigating reports of additional individuals.

This rare and unusual shark has been knowingly encountered so few times that the scientific community has a list and extensive notes on each shark encountered. The megamouth shark has a rounded snout and a large mouth on its bulbous head, and its body tapers back to a moderate caudal (tail) fin with a heavier top lobe. Dark gray brown on top and light gray to white below, they are thought to grow to 17 feet long. Read more about the megamouth shark...

Megachasma pelagios - Megamouth Shark, Map

Worldwide Distribution of Confirmed Megamouth Shark Sightings. Note: Megamouth #36 and #56 were captured in the China Sea and have not been attributed to any particular country and as such, have not been reflected in this map.

The following sightings are listed by date:

Mie, Japan | Apr 15, 2016
Marigondon, Philippines | Jan. 28, 2015
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines | June 30, 2014
Agusan Del Norte, Philippines | June 23, 2014
Shizuoka, Japan | Apr 14, 2014
Antique, Philippines | Mar 14, 2014
Manazuru, Japan | Sept 6, 2013
Eastern Taiwan | Oct 16, 2012
Negombo Harbour, Sri Lanka | July 5, 2012
Sea of China | January 2012
Sagami Bay, Japan | July 1, 2011
Shizuoka prefecture, Japan | June 24, 2011
Bohol, Philippines | 2010
Eastern Taiwan | June 19, 2010
Southeastern China | Apr 25, 2010
Benitos Islands, Mexico | Nov 6, 2009
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | July 9, 2009
Taiwan | June 9, 2009
Philippines | Mar 31, 2009
Southern Leyte, Philippines | Sept 5, 2008
Eastern Taiwan | July 10, 2008
Taiwan | June 30, 2008
Southern Leyte, Philippines | Sept 27, 2007
Baja California, Mexico | Sept 23, 2007
Japan | July 2007
Sagami Bay, Japan | June 2007
Philippines | May 29, 2007
Baja California, Mexico | Nov 16, 2006
Sagami Bay, Japan | May 2, 2006
China Sea | May 23, 2006
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines | Mar 12, 2006
Bayawan City, Philippines | Jan 26, 2006
Hualieng, Taiwan | June 5, 2005
Hualieng, Taiwan | May 5, 2005
Hualieng, Taiwan | May 4, 2005
Hualieng, Taiwan | May 2, 2005
Hualieng, Taiwan | April 25, 2005
Mie, Japan | Jan 23, 2005
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines | Jan 30, 2005
Iloilo, Philippines | Nov 4, 2004
Shizuoka, Japan | Apr 23, 2004
Ikhihara City, Japan | Apr 19, 2004
Sumatra, Indonesia | Mar 13, 2004
Guayas, Ecuador | Mar 8, 2004
Sizuoka, Japan | Aug 7, 2003
Hualien Province, Taiwan | July 3, 2003
Dana Point, California U.S.A. | May 26, 2003
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines | Jan 6, 2003
Natures Valley, South Africa | Apr 20, 2002
East Indian Ocean | Jan 18, 2002
San Diego, California U.S.A. | Oct 19, 2001
San Diego, California U.S.A. | Oct 1, 1999
North Sulawesi, Indonesia | Aug 30, 1998
Mie, Japan | Apr 23, 1998
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines | Feb 21, 1998
Mie, Japan | Apr 30, 1997
Southern Brazil | Sept 18, 1995
Dakar, Senegal | May 4, 1995
Hakata Bay, Japan | Nov 29, 1994
Dana Point, California U.S.A. | Oct 21, 1990
Suruga Bay, Japan | June 1989
Hamamatsu City, Japan | Jan 23, 1989
Mandurah, Australia | Aug 18, 1988
Catalina Island, California, USA | Nov 29, 1984
Oahu, Hawaii, USA | Nov 15, 1976