Hundreds Attend Necropsy for Megamouth Shark in Japan

SHIZUOKA, Japan (KRON) — The death of a rare megamouth shark is becoming a public event in Japan.

Veterinarians performed a public necropsy on the 13-foot female megamoth this week. It’s unclear how the shark was captured.

It’s called the megamouth because of the huge capacity of its mouth and the size of its head.

About 1,500 people attended the necropsy. Some scientists say this is only the 51st such shark to be captured since the species was first discovered in Florida in 1976.

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