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In the early seventies a group of journalists from the Cape Times and the Argus gathered for a few ales at the Tavern of the Seas. A dispute arose as to how gullible the average reader really was. A bet was made to the following effect: the journalists would create an entirely fictitious tale about a Brobdingnagian shark in False Bay. It would have certain distinguishing markings and a certain huge length. The tale would be published, in one of the newspapers, with a fake "eye-witness account". The journalists would then sit back and wait until somebody phoned to claim that they had "seen" the fish.
The results stunned everyone involved. The switchboards were immediately jammed with reports of sightings of the shark, or of the exact details of its markings and habits, or of its exact length.
Originally posted by sy.gunson
There was supposed to be a prehistoric fossilized shark's tooth dug up in South Carolina many decades ago, which put the size of it's owner about three times bigger than the average modern great white, so there is the potential in their DNA.