Megamouth Records 1-100

No

Date

Location

Sex

Size

Photo

Remarks

1

15 Nov 76

Oahu, Hawaii

M

446cm

On display at Bernice P. Bishop Museum Honolulu, Hawaii

2

29 Nov 84

Catalina Island, California, USA

M

449cm

On display at Los Angeles County Museum

3

18 Aug 88

Mandurah, Australia

M

515cm

On display at Western Australia Museum

4

23 Jan 89

Hamamatsu City, Japan

M

400+cm

Caught and killed

5

Jun 89

Suruga Bay, Japan

F?

490cm

Released Alive

6

21 Oct 90

Dana Point, California, USA

F

494cm

7

29 Nov 94

Hakata Bay, Japan

F

471cm

On display at Marine World Fukuoka, Japan

8

4 May 95

Dakar, Senegal

M

180cm

Discarded

9

18 Sept 95

Southern Brazil

M

190cm

On display at Instituto de Pesca, São Paulo, Brazil

10

30 Apr 97

Owase City, Mikisaki, Mie Japan

F

544cm

Preserved at Toba Aquarium

11

20 Feb 98

Cagayan de Oro, Macajalar Bay, Philippines

M

549cm

Consumed

12

23 Apr 98

Mihama-cho, Atawa, Mie, Japan

F

549cm

Discarded

13

30 Aug 98

Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

F

ca. 500cm

Sighted being attacked by Orcas and swam Away

14

1 Oct 99

W of San Diego, California, USA

F

518cm

Released Alive

15

19 Oct 01

NW of San Diego, California, USA

M

548cm

Released Alive

16

18 Jan 02

East Indian Ocean

M

235cm

Tuna purse seine, discarded Dead

17

20 Apr 02

Natures Valley, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

F

350cm

Washed Ashore Dead. On display at Port Elisabeth Museum, South Africa.

18

6 Jan 03

Cagayan de Oro, Macajalar Bay, Philippines

F

497cm

Consumed

19

26 May 03

Dana Point, California, USA

?

610 - 760cm

Sighting

20

3 Jul 03

Hualien Province Taiwan

M

ca 250cm

Consumed

21

7 Aug 03

Omaezaki, Sizuoka Japan

M

430cm

22

8 Mar 04

85.37 km from the port of Posorja (province of Guayas) (02°54.374’s; 81°14.858’w Ecuador

M

420cm

Caught in a gillnet and Consumed

23

13 Mar 04

Gapang Beach, Sumatra, Indonesia.

M

177cm

Washed Ashore Dead. On display at LIPI Museum, Chibinong, Jakarta.

24

19 Apr 04

Tokyo Bay, Ichihara City, Japan

F

563cm

Washed Ashore Dead Kept on display.

25

23 Apr 04

Ajiro, Shizuoka, Japan

F

ca. 490cm

Discarded

26

04 Nov 04

Namocon Beach, Tigbauan, Iloilo Philippines

F

504cm

Stranded on beach and Died later. Now at SEAFDEC Museum.

27

23 Jan 05

Kisei cho Nishiki, Mie, Japan

F

528cm

Captured with a purse seine

28

30 Jan 05

Barangay Agusan, Macajalar Bay Cagayan de Oro, Phillippines

F

417cm

Died after being captured in net.

29

25 Apr 05

Hualien, Eastern Taiwan

?

?

First of 4 specimens caught within 10 days in the same region. 580 kilos was consumed

30

2 May 05

Hualien, Eastern Taiwan

?

?

Second of 4. 680 kilos was consumed.

31

4 May 05

Hualien, Eastern Taiwan

F

709cm

Third of 4. Dead. Weight 689 kilos. Believed to be pregnant. Taken to Taipei Zoo/Academia Sinica.

32

5 May 05

Hualien, Eastern Taiwan

F

483cm

Fourth of 4. Dead. weight 807 kilos. Believed to to be pregnant. Taken to Taipei Zoo/Academia Sinica.

33

5 Jun 05

Hualien, Eastern Taiwan

M

350/ 400cm

Another Megamouth was caught from the same location. 400-500 kg

34

26 Jan 06

Bayawan City, Central Visayas, Philippines island of Negros

F

500cm

Accidental capture by fishermen. Died before it could be set free.

35

12 Mar 06

Barra, Macajalar Bay Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

F

226cm

Was dead when it reached the shore after being entangled by a fisherman's gill net.

36

23 Mar 06

China Sea

?

470cm

Caught and killed.

38

16 Nov 06

Tortugas Bay, West Coast of Baja California, Mexico

F

226.5cm

Caught in a gill net. Was later donated to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO), La Jolla, California, USA

39

30 May 07

Barangay Tungkob, Minglanilla town, Cebu, Philippines

?

249cm

Shark found alive with hole in the head. Died later.

41

9 Jul 07

Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

F

370cm

Shark was caught in a net and died. It was kept frozen untill it went on display Churaumi Aquarium in 2011.

42

23 Sep 07

Baja California, México

?

?

Sighted between Cedros Island and San Benito Islands.

43

27 Sep 07

Hinunangan, So Lyete, Philippines

?

274cm

Found Dead Stranded On Beach.

44

30 Jun 08

Taiwan

M

?

Caught and killed.

45

10 Jul 08

Taiwan

M

500/550cm

Caught and killed.

46

5 Sep 08

Hinunangan, So Lyete, Philippines

?

213cm

Found Stranded On Beach and was pushed back into the sea.

47

30 Mar 09

Eastern Coast of Burioas Isle, Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines

M

400cm

Died when caught in a gill net. Gordon Hubbell has Jaws

48

8 Jun 09

Taitung, Chenggong, Taiwan

F

390cm

Was sold for NT$18,000 (US$549) to a local shark museum where it will be displayed as a preserved specimen.

49

9 Jul 09

Praia Grande, Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

M

539cm

According to LIMA,M.L.; RENNÓ,B. & SICILIANO,S. 2009. Gigante dos mares em areias fluminenses. Ciencia Hoje, Vol. 44, Setembro, 56-57. Part of the specimen was consumed by the locals.

50

6 Nov 09

Tortugas Bay, West Coast of Baja California, Mexico

M

180cm

Caught in a net and killed by the same boat that caught Megamouth 38 on 16th. Nov 06

51

25 Apr 10

Off South East China

M

approx 400cm

Caught and Killed. Only skin and jaws left.

52

19 Jun 10

Eastern Taiwan

?

700cm

Caught and Killed. Only jaws left.

53

2010

Pamilacan Island, Bohol, Philippines

?

?

Caught and Killed. Only jaws left.

54

14 Jan 11

Owase, Mie Pref. Japan

F

approx 500cm

Was trapped in nets. Filmed and later killed.

55

24 Jun 11

Shizuoka pref, Japan

F

540cm

Caught in a set net. Since March 2012 the specimen has been exhibited at the Main Rest House, Churaumi Plaza.

56

1 Jul 11

West Sagami Bay Kanagawa Pref Japan

F

370cm

57

30 Nov 11

50km off port of Santa Rosa de Salinas Santa Elena province, Ecuador

F

243cm

he f/v “María josé ii” caught specimen in a gillnet at 2°7.902’ s, 81°23.883’ w,

58

Jan 12

East Sea of China

F

approx 570cm

Caught and Killed

59

5 Jul 12

Negombo fisheries harbour, Sri Lanka

?

?

Caught and Killed

60

30 Mar 12

Cope or Montañita Seamount” 1°49.936’ s, 81°3.584’ w, (currently declared as) “Bajo Cope” Marine Reserve province of Santa Elena Ecuador

M

?

The specimen was sliced and sold on the local fish market Caraguay in Guayaquil

61

16 Oct 12

Eastern Taiwan

F

429 - 640cm

Caught and killed. Tail broke off when it was being hauled into the harbour. The organs were preserved and donated to a university and the flesh was sold.

62

Jan 13

Sagami Bay, Shizuoka, Japan

F

487cm

Filmed and Released for Discovery Shark Week 2013 - Alien Sharks

63

18 Apr 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

387cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

64

28 Apr 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

250cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

65

30 Apr 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

320cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

66

5 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

500cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

67

6 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

477cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

68

6 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

377cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

69

7 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

385cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

70

8 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

413cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

71

16 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

545cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

72

18 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

552cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

73

18 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

524cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

74

19 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

509cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

75

19 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

395cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

76

21 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

363cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

77

23 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

435cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

78

30 May 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

426cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

79

10 Jun 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

400cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

80

10 Jun 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

398cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

81

10 Jul 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

463cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

82

10 Jul 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

484cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

83

10 Jul 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

380cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

84

17 Jul 13

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

631cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

85

6 Sep 13

Manazuru, Japan

F

577cm

Caught and killed.

86

1 Feb 14

Santa Rosa de Salinas Santa Elena province, Ecuador

M

800-900 cm

the f/v “SIEMPRE CHEO” had the fins of a megamouth shark. The specimen on record was a male about 8-9 m in total length, according to fishermen (about the same size as the boat).

87

14 Mar 14

Sabang West, Philippines

F

88

14 Apr 14

Yui, Shizuoka pref. Japan

F

440cm

89

5 May 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

341cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

90

22 May 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

352cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

91

30 May 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

660cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

92

31 May 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

478cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

93

31 May 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

377cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

94

2 Jun 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

370cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

95

2 Jun 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

517cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

96

4 Jun 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

390cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

97

8 Jun 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

M

370cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

98

23 Jun 14

Barangay 2, Pobalcion, Tubay, Agusan Del Norte Philippines

?

?

Caught and released alive.

100

3 Aug 14

Hualien County, Taiwan

F

366cm

Caught in a drift net. Dead

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