Summer is in full effect, meaning horror fans are shaking the shackles of winter and looking for some fun times in the Sun! Of course, for the past 18 years, summer has been synonymous with Shark Week on Discovery Channel; it’s the time of year Jaws and its sequels find themselves in heavy rotation on cable TV. And since The Shallows was such a success in 2016, 47 Meters Down followed this year, and there’s already another big-studio shark-themed horror movie in the works set to debut in summer 2018: Meg (short for “Megalodon”) is being directed by Jon Turteltaub and is based on a series of bestselling novels penned by Steve Alten.
A megalodon is “one of the largest and most powerful predators in vertebrate history, and had a profound impact on the structure of marine communities. Fossil remains suggest that this giant shark reached a length of 18 meters (59 ft.) and also indicate that it had a cosmopolitan distribution [meaning it traveled in all oceans]. Scientists suggest that megalodon looked like a stockier version of the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias.” (Source)
Fossils suggest megalodon went extinct over 2.6 million years ago, but the immensity of the oceans (not to mention the primal fear of what lies within them) has led many to hypothesize that the gigantic apex predator could still be alive. There are even documented reports of seamen claiming to have crossed paths with the prehistoric leviathan.
While most scientists continue to poo-poo the idea that megalodon still swims the Earth, the folks at Top 5s Finest have assembled the best evidence to the contrary. Have a watch and decide for yourself whether megalodon is alive or ancient history.
Official Synopsis: There is a common misconception that Megalodons, those gigantic sharks and aquatic predators thought to be extinct, lived 70 million years ago. The belief is so widespread that the makers of Shark Attack 3 added pages to the book Great White Shark by Richard Ellis to fit the fictional record. But recent evidence has caused some scientists to speculate that not only are Megalodons not that prehistoric, a few could be surviving today. Let’s look at 5 examples of potential real-life super-predators from the depths of the sea. Let’s begin! [All descriptions courtesy of Top 5s Finest on YouTube]
#5 – The Black Demon Shark of Mexico
In October 2015, the YouTube channel Official Best Documentary released a documentary about what it called the most dangerous shark in the world. Called El Demonio Negro, or “The Black Demon,” the beast is said to resemble a Great White, but with very dark coloration and a monstrous appearance.Terrified fishermen along the Baja Peninsula have reported spotting the Black Demon, which from eyewitness accounts and investigation is said to grow as long as 80 feet.
#4 – Whale of a Problem
Inhabiting tropical oceans waters near most continents, whale sharks are known for growing to the size of a true Megalodon, with the longest on record measuring almost 50 feet. However, these sharks have been known as tame and harmless filter-feeders.But this footage, taken off the Indonesian coast in 2012, shows an unlucky diver being attacked by a suddenly aggressive and terrifying whale shark. Why the sudden volatility? Some scientists believe that as climate change affects sea levels and oxygen content in ocean waters, some previously docile huge fish may become aggressive, like the shark shown in the video.
#3 – Kraken Open An Old Case
The Kraken is one of our best-known seafaring myths, showing up in popular culture such as the sword-and-sorcery franchise Clash of the Titans. The aquatic monsters originated from Norse storytelling and have been said to dwell off the shores of Norway and Greenland. The beasts have been depicted as gigantic octopi or squid that attack sailors and their ships.Recent revelations of a real-life Colossal Squid have given much reason to think these horrifying and tendrils creatures are the inspiration behind the Kraken. These scientists from New Zealand were recently caught on camera dissecting a very small, if still hideous, specimen of the Colossal Squid killed near Antarctica. They discovered that the squid has 3 hearts, 8 arms, and eyeballs the size of dinner plates.
Don’t let the modest size of the almost alien-looking specimen fool you.
#2 – Maier My!
Michael Maier, a cage diver, and aquatic zoologist stunned the scientific community earlier this year by releasing footage of the largest shark ever filmed, a 7-meter long female great while affectionately named Deep Blue. The legendarily long lass lives off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico and has not been known to threaten humans. In the footage, the Megalodon can be seen curious circling cage divers and otherwise causing no harm. Perhaps mellowness comes with old age – Deep Blue is thought to be at least 50 years old.
#1 – The Beast of Brazil
Hoaxes usually involve doctored footage and obviously staged interviews. For instance, the Discovery channel’s controversial documentary Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives received criticism for using paid actors in place of scientists, and CGI-enhanced depictions of deep-water predators. But often, the best evidence of mysterious and disputed phenomena comes by accident. This footage, taken unwittingly by elements of the Brazilian Coast Guard in 2013 during a relatively routine sea-to-air operation, shows an immense shark passing by a swimmer in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Researchers believe that the fish captured on camera could be as much as 60 feet long. Ironically, the giant was not spotted by the onlookers but discovered later as technicians looked at the video. Knowing how a true Megalodon would react to panic and thrashing in the water, the Coast Guard’s naked-eye oversight might just have saved their lives.
Official Synopsis: The Megalodon is a prehistoric creature resembling a shark, but much bigger and more vicious. Megalodon or “big tooth is a species of 20-yards-long sharks that lived between 23 and 2.6 million years ago. Its teeth were 7 inches long and could tear through meat like butter. This massive monster is considered to be the most powerful predator in history. But some say that specimens of the terrifying fish still live in our waters today. Here are 5 Megalodons caught on camera & spotted in real life part two.
#5 Cape Town Megalodon Attack
On a charter fishing boat, off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, four friends decide to take a fishing trip. One of the girls on the ship says they are off to catch the biggest fish they can find, but it seems like maybe the biggest fish found them. The boat suffers an enormous blow, the camera falls to the floor and you can hear the friend’s voices screaming. Later, news reports claimed that the bodies of the four people could not be found. Investigators also found the boat either bitten or torn in half.
#4 Not Quite Biting Today…Wait, Yes They Are
Imagine sitting on a boat, enjoying a beer and fishing when you see a much bigger fish than you bargained on. The man in this video captures two fins approaching his boat. His fright escalates when see how far apart the dorsal fin and the upper lobe are from one another. The fisherman finally panics, but captures a terrific up-close image of the gigantic monster of the deep. If the video isn’t a forgery, there is no question that the size of the fish makes it a real-life present-day Megalodon.
#3 Kayak Catastrophe
Almost any shark can be terrifying. But 42 footer right in front of your kayak? This incident happened to one unlucky kayak enthusiast on his day off. As the giant black shark approaches the hobbyist, you can see the man trying to paddle away from certain death. Compared to this brutal doom, they actually had it easy in the movie Deliverance.
#2 Megalodon Attacks A Whale
The whale is the biggest creature to roam in the depths of the ocean. A whale’s surface splash is a tremendous visual. But this time, the whale’s breathing is interrupted by a Megalodon, and what happens next has been called a clash of the titans. But what happens when this event is ruined by a battle of the titans. A whale fighting a Megalodon. Unfortunately, we don’t have a happy ending to report – the Megalodon makes a meal out of a chunk of the whale’s tail, wounding the beautiful giant.
#1 Chile Today, Shark Tomorrow
Governments have often placed underwater cameras on the sea floor to monitor the behavior of marine life. The cameras have spotted some astounding things over the years, and private-sector investigators have followed suit with aquatic cameras of their own. One young man from Chile who placed a camera in the Pacific Ocean captured the image of an unusually large fish and immediately reported it to authorities. By synchronizing frames of video and doing some calculations, marine biologists determined the size of the animal…an astonishing 62 feet. Being skeptical, they re- calculated their results and got the same amazing result. This could be real life evidence that the Megalodon exists!
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