Megalodon shark is arguably the most insane thing that has ever lived – The MEGALODON SHARK had all the underpants staining features of the normal great white shark, except that it made the later look like a Nemo plush toy in comparison. With over 20 meters (60 ft) in length, Megalodon wasn’t just 4 times the size of a great white – these sharks were also the largest predator to ever swim the open seas, period!
This mega shark was the absolute apex predator during the Miocene and Pliocene epoch – as it ruled the seas for more then 16 million years. It was the perfect killing machine: built for speed, stealth and armed with teeth the size of a hubcap. In short, this magnificent bastard was basically what the other prehistoric nightmare creatures had nightmares about.
Could Megalodon still be alive?
As with most unbelievable things we want to be true – like an ATM machine that gives away free money, there is no concrete evidence that such a thing actually exists. Common believe among the scientific community is that Megalodon went extinct around 1,5 million years ago. However, there is also a group of scientists who believe Megalodon could actually be alive and well today – lurking somewhere in the depths of our unexplored ocean.
This believe is fueled by the fact that the ocean is quite a good place to hide in when you consider that 95% of it still remains unexplored. New creatures are being discovered all the time – including some that were believed to have gone extinct millions of years ago.
Even if there is no hard evidence to suggest that Megalodon still exists – these, relatively newly discovered, sea monsters do prove that large animals can survive undetected over a very long period of time. So why couldn’t Megalodon do the same?
If the monster shark did indeed survive then finding enough food to support it’s massive size would be a challenging task. Therefore, the depths of the ocean would be the most logical hiding place. See, things can get freakishly large in the deeper parts of the ocean ( Deep-sea gigantism). Giant squids, tube worms, and sperm whales would make an excellent meal for a shark this enormous. If Megalodon would indeed be alive today, then this would also explain why no one has ever seen a corpse of this monstershark – the dead body of a shark does not float, it immediately sinks to the bottom and quickly decomposes. If they really do live in such deep waters then this means it will be very hard to prove the Megalodon’s existance.
In the last few years there have been many reported sightings to suggest a Megalodon may be terrorizing the Sea of Cortez, just south of the California border. The locals refer to this giant sea monster as the “Black Demon. It is said to be around 60ft long, dark and with a huge tail that whips to the surface before diving away quickly.
There have been so many sightings of this mysterious sea creature that Monster-Quest decided to investigate. The team went out to to the Sea of Cortez in search of this animal, but like with every other episode, they didn’t find anything. I am starting to think “Monsters” in general are kinda camera shy. Still, even though Monster Quest didn’t find anything, the Sea of Cortez would make the perfect hiding spot for a giant prehistoric shark. It is home to some extremely large sea creatures that would make a great food supply for a shark that size, and it’s deepest portions can drop down to 12,000 feet.
In 1918, Australian marine biologist David Stead recorded events when local fisherman refused to go back out to sea after witnessing an incredibly large creature. These were experienced sailors, well familiar with whales and large sharks, but whatever they witnessed, frightened them so much that they refused to work any longer. Stead said:The fishermen described it as between 35 and 90 meters long and pure white in color.
That seems unbelievable though, even for a Megalodon. Could a shark really grow to that size? Were these men exaggerating, or were they just confused? If it wasn’t a Megalodon that frightened them so much, then what else could it have been?