Megamouth Shark Washes Up On A Philippine Beach And It’s Kind Of Cute

If it’s named after a DreamWorks character, it has to adorable, right?

1. As you may or may not have heard, a rare megamouth shark washed up ashore in the Philippines.


People have been like, “OMG SO SCARY” and “JULES VERNE FEVER DREAM TBH,” but it’s kind of adorable actually?

2. Ready? This is what it looks like.

The dead megamouth shark was found in Pio Duran, Albay. It was nicknamed “Toothless,” after its resemblance to the character in the How to Train Your Dragon movies.

3. See? Cute!

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4. But really, for a one-ton, fifteen-foot long creature from the deep, it’s really not all that bad.

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Megamouths feed primarily on plankton in the deep sea, using its bioluminescent mouth (read: glowing jaws) to attract its prey. There have been 15 sightings of megamouths in the Philippines — second only to Japan — and Toothless is reportedly the 66th time a megamouth has been found.

5. (Just a reminder that the megamouth shark rubs fins with creatures like this, so it could be worse.)


6. Even scientists have difficulty believing that it’s a real creature. The species has been sighted so rarely that some still classify it as a cryptid.

The megamouth Toothless was brought over to the Philippines’ Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to be examined and preserved.

7. R.I.P. Toothless.


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