Now this is an interesting-looking — and incredibly rare — creature. With a bulbous head and 50 rows of tiny teeth, the 66th megamouth shark ever seen in the world washed ashore on Wednesday morning in Pio Duran, Albay, the Philippines, according to Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (some say this is only the 60th confirmed sighting).
The megamouth shark is so uncommon that until recently some still considered it a cryptid, a creature so rare that it couldn’t be confirmed by science.
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And while the megamouth was first confirmed to exist in 1976 after being accidentally dragged up by a US Navy vessel, it remains “one of the most rarely seen species of sharks,” marine biologist David Shiffman previously told Business Insider in an email. (Shiffman confirmed to Business Insider that this latest specimen did indeed appear to be a megamouth.)