Megamouth shark wows crowds in Shizuoka

People in central Japan are being treated to the sight of one of the wonders of the deep.

A rare Megamouth shark is on display at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka city.

The shark was caught in waters off Shizuoka last month at a depth of about 800 meters.

The female Megamouth is more than four meters long and weighs about 677 kilos.

Over 1,500 people crowded the aquarium to watch staff dissect the creature.

This is only the 58th Megamouth ever to have been caught or sighted by man.