Video: Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Coast of Japan

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SHIZUOKA, JAPAN — Fishermen off the coast of Japan recently hauled in a rare megamouth shark, marking only the 58th time in history this particular species has been seen by man.

News of this catch comes on the heels of another bizarre catch, in which a goblin shark was netted by a shrimper.

According to the Japan Daily Press, megamouth sharks get their name because of the head, which is not in proportion to the animal’s body.  They have been known to reach a maximum of 17 feet long.  They are ‘filter feeders’ — eating large quantities of plankton, krill, and jellyfish.

megamouth shark

The Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka, Japan dissected the animal for further study, while more than 1,000 people watched.  The remains are now on display at a museum.

 

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  • bgrnathan

    NOT MADE BY NATURE! Just because something exists in nature doesn't mean it was invented or made by Nature. If all the chemicals necessary to make a cell were left to themselves, "Mother Nature" would have no ability to organize them into a cell. It requires an already existing cell to bring about another cell. The cell exists and reproduces in nature but Nature didn't invent or design it! Nature didn't originate the cell or any form of life. An intelligent power outside of nature had to be responsible.

    Natural laws can explain how an airplane or living cell works, but it's irrational to believe that mere undirected natural laws can bring about the origin of an airplane or a cell. Once you have a complete and living cell then the genetic program and biological machinery exist to direct the formation of more cells, but how could the cell have originated naturally when no directing code and mechanisms existed in nature? All of the founders of modern science believed in God. Read my Internet article: HOW FORENSIC SCIENCE REFUTES ATHEISM

    Only evolution within "kinds" is genetically possible (i.e. varieties of dogs, cats, etc.), but not evolution across "kinds" (i.e. from sea sponge to human). How did species survive if their vital tissues, organs, reproductive systems were still evolving? Survival of the fittest would actually have prevented evolution across kinds! Read my Internet article: WAR AMONG EVOLUTIONISTS! (2nd Edition). I discuss: Punctuated Equilibria, "Junk DNA," genetics, mutations, natural selection, fossils, genetic and biological similarities between species.

    Natural selection doesn't produce biological traits or variations. It can only "select" from biological variations that are possible and which have survival value. The real issue is what biological variations are possible, not natural selection. Only limited evolution, variations of already existing genes and traits are possible. Nature is mindless and has no ability to design and program entirely new genes for entirely new traits.

    What about genetic and biological similarities between species? Genetic information, like other forms of information, cannot happen by chance, so it is more logical to believe that genetic and biological similarities between all forms of life are due to a common Designer who designed similar functions for similar purposes. It doesn't mean all forms of life are biologically related! Also, "Junk DNA" isn't junk. These "non-coding" segments of DNA have recently been found to be vital in regulating gene expression (i.e. when, where, and how genes are expressed). Read my popular Internet article: HOW FORENSIC SCIENCE REFUTES ATHEISM

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    * I have had the privilege of being recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who In The East" for my writings on religion and science, and I have given successful lectures (with question and answer time afterwards) defending creation from science before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities

    • Newt

      I don't usually use my Biological Sciences M.S. to completely make fun of people's garbage credentials, but when I do, it's usually Bab Ranganathan, B.A in theology from Bob Jones University (with a minor in biology, which is to say "maybe took 3-5 biology classes, presumably a year of freshman plus botany lab or something)

      Babu, practically everything you've said on here is either misrepresented, out of context, or flat-out horribly wrong. You need to go back to school and try learning something besides pandering to conservative flat-earthers this time.

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