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Megamouth Shark # 39: Hurt Megamouth Shark found near Cebu shore

May 30, 2007
Source of Information:
Bernadette A. Parco
Cebu Daily News

Cebu, Philippines - A wounded 8.2-foot Megamouth Shark was found on Tuesday morning near the seashore of Barangay Tungkob, Minglanilla town, Cebu. Nonit Ranay, videographer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR 7) and one of the BFAR members who went to the area, said the fish was still alive when they got there. “Buhi pa, moginhawa pa ang iho. Nakit-an namo na gi-lungagan ang ulo (It was still alive when we reached the site. We noticed that it had a hole on top of its head),” he told Cebu Daily News in a phone interview. The shark died hours later. Ranay said the wound was still fresh and that based on his experience this was how sharks were killed. “The people know the species as lahoy, which is usually caught by fishermen to harvest its liver, which could be sold to manufacturers of shark liver oil,” he said. Lou Arciaga, BFAR 7 information officer, said the shark might have been mistaken for a Whale Shark, which is usually used to make fish balls. The shark weighed about 40 to 50 kilos and was almost a year old. It is known for its large mouth, which could easily fit a human head. However, the Megamouth Shark or Megachasma pelagios is one of three filter-feeding sharks. The other two are the basking shark and the whale shark. It is a rare deep-sea shark and feeds on plankton, krill and small fish.