The megamouth shark is classified as a species of least concern on the IUCN red list. Despite this, sightings of them are incredibly rare due to the depths that they inhabit. In fact, the species wasn’t even discovered until 1976! They can grow to lengths of over 20 feet, but they are incredibly slow and poor swimmers. However, because they spend most of their day coasting around and feeding on plankton, maneuverability is not a necessity for them.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 17.25 L x 7.5 W x
- Size in inches: 6.79 L x 2.95 W x
- UPC: 095866000646
Only 60 specimens have been observed since their discovery in 1976 so it is impossible to know their conservation status. Most specimens have been accidental by catch, but they are consumed in some areas. They are not red listed and are only categorized as Data Deficient.