One of the rarest sharks in the world, a megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios), was spotted by divers in Indonesia’s spectacular Komodo National Park a few days ago. Since it was first identified off the coast of Hawaii in 1976, only 60 sightings have been confirmed and, according to the IUCN, just 102 specimens (and now, 103) have ever been recorded.
British tourist Penny Bielich was at Gili Lawa Laut, a dive spot in Komodo National Park that is a favourite among Dunia Baru’s guests, when she captured video footage (above) of the shark gliding overhead. It’s not clear how deep she was, but scientists believe that megamouths usually live around 1500 meters below the surface of the ocean, where they are filter-feeders. While scientists say this is their usual habitat, one specimen was recorded at a depth of five meters in a bay and another at 40 meters on a continental shelf.
Very little is known about these pelagic filter-feeders, but their range appears to be quite wide and according to the IUCN, most of the sharks recorded have been in the waters of the Pacific Ocean – around Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.
The sharks, which are brownish-black on top and white-ish underneath, usually grow between 13 and 18 feet (4 to 5,5 meters) and have a flabby body and snout-shaped head with, as their name suggests, a very wide mouth.
The Dunia Baru team and crew specialises in creating tailored itineraries for our guests, and the ultra-luxurious yacht is available for charter in the waters of the Komodo National Park between April and October each year. The superyacht is a fully equipped dive boat and we have a dive master onboard who knows the waters of Indonesia very well. From November until February, Dunia Baru is available for charter in Raja Ampat. To charter Dunia Baru please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to your broker.