Fishermen Land Rarest Shark— Then Eat it
Megamouth shark found in Philippine waters, cooked in coconut milk
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 6:47 AM CDT
A dead rare megamouth shark at the shores of Donsol, central Philippines, on Monday, March 30, 2009.    (AP Photo/World Wildlife Fund - Philippines, Elson Aca, HO)
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(Newser) – An incredibly rare find at sea ended up as an incredibly rare dinner for some Filipino fishermen, National Geographic reports. The 13-foot megamouth shark that died in the men's nets was only the 41st ever found. Local conservation officials asked the men to keep the filter-feeder's 1102-pound carcass intact, but it ended up being butchered and simmered in coconut milk.

"While it is sad that this rare megamouth shark was ultimately lost, the discovery highlights the incredible biodiversity found in the Donsol area and the relatively good health of the ecosystem," a local World Wildlife Fund officer said.