Zola Chen Captured The Fascinating and Ultra Rare Megamouth Shark

All images by Zola Chen. Used with permission.

“We bring videos and images captured underwater up onto the land to show people who cannot swim”, says Zola Chen, a marine ecology photographer based in Taiwan. First observed in 1976 off Kahuku Point in O’ahu, Hawaii, the Megamouth shark is one of the rarest documented species of sharks. The then Waikiki Aquarium director Leighton Taylor named it Megachasma pelagios, Greek for “giant yawner of the open sea”. Its mouth can extend roughly to 30% of its body length, and it is one of only three filter-feeding types of shark. To date, it has been officially sighted less than 100 times.

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Take a Look at These Amazing Pictures of an Orca Hunting Down a Dolphin

Picture © Biosphoto/Christopher Swann, courtesy of the Daily Mail

Picture © Biosphoto/Christopher Swann, courtesy of the Daily Mail

Christopher Swann, who has been whale watching for several years now, recently eye-witnessed a pod of Orcas (commonly referred to as ‘killer whales’) hunting down a dolphin that had been seperated from its pod. Lucky for us, he captured the dolphin’s ordeal with his camera. “The terror and fight for life of the dolphin was palpable,” Mr Swann recalls witnessing the scene. “One could feel the adrenalin in his veins and his pulsing heart as he raced for his life.” He also provides some insight into the social behaviour of the Orcas: “I had the feeling–maybe wrongly of course –the last hour was unnecessary as far as the whales were concerned and that they were just playing with it and then finally, just as darkness fell, they had it on the surface in their midst and it was all over.”

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