Diver Sees Rare Megamouth Shark Off the Coast of Indonesia
A tourist exploring a diving site off of Indonesia’s Komodo Island on 25 July saw an extremely rare sea creature swam right by her.
British open water diver Penny Bielich was exploring Gili Lawa Laut, a popular diving spot among tourists, when a Megamouth Shark swam directly over her head.
Her diving partner, Heikki Innanen, alerted her to the enormous Shark’s presence and told her to get out her camera and start filming.
Luckily, Ms. Bielich managed to capture a short but spectacular video of the massive Shark and its trademark megamouth mouth as it gently glided by her before disappearing into the Deep.
The Megamouth Shark, which was discovered in Y 1976, is described by National Geographic as one of the rarest Sharks in the world.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, just over 60 Megamouth Shark sightings have been confirmed over the past 41 years.
Luckily for Ms. Bielich, the Shark never presented any threat to her or her diving partner, as megamouths are filter feeding sharks, which means their diets mainly consists of plankton, jellyfish and shrimp.
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