The massive 16ft beast was snared in fishing nets as stunned sailors were forced to pull up the monstrous fish – reportedly weighing over a tonne.
The enormous deep sea dweller has been identified as a megamouth shark and was caught five kilometres off the coast of central Japan.
They have only been spotted 60 times since they were first discovered in 1976 – when a deep-sea anchor caught one off the coast of Hawaii.
The sharks dive as deep as 160 metres underwater during the day before rising as high as 12 metres during the night to feed.
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