Could a Prehistoric, 60-Foot Shark Still Exist?

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posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 08:46 AM
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this.
The 60-foot-long Megalodon, the world’s largest known shark, died out 1.5 million years ago ... or did it? Some scientists think the monster shark is still among us, and unusual sightings have been claimed for many years.

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posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 08:48 AM
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It is definitely possible that the shark still exists. There are so many parts of the ocean that we still haven't explored.

The possibilities of what else is beneath the sea is endless!

S&F for a post that makes me think.

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posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 08:54 AM
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No star OR flag from me BECAUSE I swim, surf, snorkel & scuba dive and you've just given me the chills..
. Damn you ;-)

PDUK



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 08:55 AM
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Cue JAWS music...




posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 09:13 AM
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They said the same thing about the Coelacanth, it died out about 1.5 million years ago until they caught one off the coast of Madagascar. So could Megalodon still be swimming in the deep blue sea...could be and probability is.


According to accepted fact Carcharodon Megalodon went extinct long ago


All I have to say is: remember the Coelacanth.



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 09:17 AM
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There aren't any of those in the Ocean, they don't like salt water, they are in areas where there is a freshwater blend. People think it is the undertow that drags swimmers out during a storm. It's just a Megathon with a straw sucking them out to feed on them



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 09:20 AM
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Originally posted by PurpleDog UK
No star OR flag from me BECAUSE I swim, surf, snorkel & scuba dive and you've just given me the chills..
. Damn you ;-)

PDUK

I felt the same way when Jaws came out, Ilive close to where that movie was made!



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 09:40 AM
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No it would have died of old age by now.



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 09:55 AM
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There is tons of species deep in the abyss it is definitely a possibility,it probably stays very deep as if it surfaces it will get clogged in oil mercury and nuclear waste and other crap we dump lol.



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 10:02 AM
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Steve Alton wrote a series of books on this called 'Meg', thoroughly enjoyed each book.



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 10:40 AM
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That's a mock cryptid. Another mock made-up cryptid model, passed off as "a real crocosharktopus", courtesy the great Mr. Ayotollah Komeini, can be seen below. Wonder how much plaster of paris it took to make that thing, and wonder how much oil it carries to make it float...

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posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 11:28 AM
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Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz gave this prehistoric shark its scientific name, meaning “ bigtooth,” in 1835. Based on similarities between its teeth and those of the great white shark,Agassiz classified them as relatives, but some modern ichthyologists dispute that claim. Re-construction of the shark ’s jaw in 1909, using the largest teeth available, produced a 120-ft.monster, but subsequent estimates range from 50 to 80 ft long. In either case, and by anyname, megalodon remains the largest shark known to science.Is it still alive?Most ichthyologists believe megalodon died out around 1.5 million years ago, but fossilevidence suggests that they are wrong. The British research ship Challenger dredged up two megalodon teeth from the Atlantic, at a depth of 14,000 feet, in 1875. Dr. WladomirTschernezky analyzed the teeth at London’s Queen Mary College in 1959, and reportedthat one was 24,000 years old and the other no more than 11,000 years old. His findingslend credence to several reports of giant sharks resembling great whites recorded duringthe 20th century.• 1918: Australian fishermen reported an encounter with a monstrous shark nearBroughton Island, off the coast of New South Wales. The shark swallowed several 3-ft.-wide crayfish traps with “ pots, mooring lines, and all.” Estimates of its length ex-ceeded 100 feet, perhaps exaggerated by fear. All agreed that the beast was a shark“of the White Death type,” and not a whale.• 1927: American novelist Zane Gray saw a shark longer than his 40-ft. boat while fish-ing off the Polynesian island of Rangiroa.• 1933: Gray ’s son, Loren, saw a nearly-identical shark while sailing 100 miles north-west of Rangiroa. He described it as 40 to 50 ft. long, with a head 10 to 12 ft. wide, andinsisted that it was not a whale shark.• 1950s: Author Thomas Helm watched a large shark resembling a great white swimunder his 60-ft. boat in the Gulf of Mexico. Helm said that the fish “ was not an inchless than 30 feet ” long, and that when it was under the fishing boat, its pectoral finsprotruded on either side.• March 1954: While riding out a storm near Timor, Indonesia, sailors aboard the RachelCohen felt a violent blow against the keel. They later found 17 shark ’s teeth embeded in the hull, averaging 4 in. long and 3 in. wide. Ichthyologist John Randall, atHawaii’s Bishop Museum, estimated the shark must have been 36 - 46 ft. long.While no megalodon has yet been killed or caught alive, the species enjoys a measureof celebrity through horror novels and films. Novels involving relict megalodons in-clude Charles Wilson’s Extinct (1997), Cari McKnight ’s From the Dark Below (2001), and awhole series from author Steve Alten: Meg (1997), The Trench (2000), Meg: Primal Waters (2004), and Meg: Hell ’s Aquarium (2008). Films depicting megalodons at large include Shark Hunter (2001), Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002), Megalodon (2004), and the Aus-trian production Hai-Alarm auf Mallorca (2004). Further Reading: Renz, M. Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter. ( Lehigh Acres, FL: Paleo Press,2002)


There was something very fishy about that claim here ---->

"The British research ship Challenger dredged up two megalodon teeth from the Atlantic, at a depth of 14,000 feet, in 1875. Dr. WladomirTschernezky analyzed the teeth at London’s Queen Mary College in 1959, and reportedthat one was 24,000 years old and the other no more than 11,000 years old."

Cannot remember what exactly it was...


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PS: Who knows what is hiding in the deep?


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posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 12:28 PM
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I think it's possible but not very likely that some still exist, as we are talking about a very large predator, so it's more likely to find marks of attacks from those huge sharks than the sharks themselves, and neither have been found, as far as I know, only fossils, like the one I have (I had to grab this opportunity to show it
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PS: although I find it not very likely, it would be awesome if they still existed.



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 02:03 PM
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i think its possible .. whales and giant octopus's come from way down there and could provide a healthy diet for something so big? Why not



posted on Aug, 4 2013 @ 04:59 PM
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Sorry... Had to do it








posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 12:33 AM
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I can't believe people are actually falling for Discovery Channel's BS again . . . it's mermaids all over.

The recent pics and articles are to gain ratings for the Disc Channel doc opening Shark Week. However, just like the mermaids debacle, they are all CGI and Photoshop. Try to Google any of the "scientists" in the doc . . . they don't exist . . . just like the mermaids farce.

Megalodon is extinct. There is no credible evidence for the possibility of them existing . . . no non-fossilized teeth dredged up, no remains, no whale carcass with enormous bites washing up, no credible (non-hoax) sightings.

I miss the old Discovery Channel that dealt in real science and fact . . . now they try to pass off cryptid hoaxes for the purpose of ratings. Unfortunately, there are millions of suckers that don't realize it's a fictional production and believe this tripe . . . just like the mermaid doc. They should change their name to the Barnum Sideshow Channel.



posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 12:42 AM
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it's mermaids all over


Glad to see I wasn't the only one ticked off. Just about to give up on discovery.

Peace



posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 12:55 AM
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Well, just using the logic of someone who hasn't been further out on water than a harbor cruise and reading those Meg books (very good, as another post noted)?

I think there is a real real slim chance of maybe...but real unlikely. It seems a simple fact they DID once exist. I think the last few decades have had the oceans so thoroughly bathed in sonar from subs to SOSUS nets that something abnormally big would have tripped things by now? Something as big as some speculation I've read would have outright eaten a sub by now. lol.... The only subs I know of that have been lost have since been found or accounted for, even if unrecoverable.

Still? I was watching a youtube one night of a discovery like show on major natural mysteries which mentioned some BIG sonar hits a couple times over the years. So maybe something far deeper than anything is normally looking? Heck... The ocean is almost unexplored in the deeps.


We have explored about 5 to 7 percent of the ocean floor and about a half a percent of the ocean itself. In the deep ocean, it is even less.
Source: Discovery Channel

There could be a community of mermaids for all we know by the sound of how much hasn't been explored in possibilities though.



posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 02:39 AM
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I agree! I watched the Megalodon program for the opening of shark week this evening and when they started showing the "evidence" such as the photos and videos they just screamed Photoshop to me. Every time the Discovery channel shows some cheesy CGI "evidence" they just lost more credibility with me. The one with the rescue helicopter pulling the man out of the water was laughable.
If Megalodon does exist then I then I think they are probably living in inter-species sin with the mermaids.



posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 03:21 AM
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There where so many animals which went huge in size like the Irish elk, the saber-toothed cats, the mastodons and giant sloths you name it.
For some reason(s) they mostly went huge in size (together).

I don't think they are alive, I do believe they could reappear.
How I'm not sure, but it's basicly the same in looks as the great white just smaller, who knows it could grow in huge sizes again in the future when the climates changes? We just give it a new name probaly or the old name: Megalodon.





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