A rare and unusual species of shark called the Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios), a deepwater filter-feeding shark, was beached early Wednesday morning at Barangay Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay.

The shark is the 66th recorded specimen in the world, 15th in the Philippines and the 2nd in Bicol Region. It is a male shark that measures up to 4.6 meters in length and weighs approximately 1 ton.

Currently, the shark is now kept frozen in a storage room at an ice plant in Daraga, Albay awaiting necropsy procedures to be performed by the veterinarians from the Provincial Veterinary Services.

The Authorities plan to preserve the shark through Taxidermy and place it at Albay Parks and Wildlife in Legaspi City.

Source: BFAR Bikol Facebook

(This is Part 4 of a 4-part photo set)

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