Megalodon is arguably the most insane thing that has ever lived – it 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 – it was 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.
We already mentioned Megalodon in our article “Giant Extinct Versions of Modern Animals“, but it seems people want to know more about this ancient monster shark. The question that was on most people’s mind was: “Is there any prove of Megalodon still being alive today?”
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. These aren’t small creatures that are easily overlooked either. In many cases we are talking about true-to-life giant sea monsters, which, for a long time, were believed to be myths as well. Below we have rounded up some of these mysthical creatures, which turned out to actually exist.
The Giant Oarfish
The Giant Oarfish, are among the largest fish in the ocean, with some that can grow to up to 15 meters (50 ft) long! Because of its colossal size, many believe sea serpent folklore and stories of mythological sea creatures originate with this enormous fish.
For a long time, the Giant Oarfish was thought to be a mere myth. That was untill one actually washed ashore in Mexico.
The Giant Squid
Tales of giant squid have been common among mariners since ancient times, and may have led to the Norse legend of the kraken, a tentacled sea monster as large as an island capable of engulfing and sinking any ship.
Nobody took the exsistence of this legendary sea monster seriously – that was until a schoolbus-sized squid was actually caught on film in 2002.
The Megamouth Shark
The Megamouth shark, is a hulking 6 meter (18 ft) long shark that wasn’t discovered untill just 1976 when one became entangled in the boat anchor of a United States Navy Ship, 25 miles off the coast from Kāneʻohe, Hawaii. Examination showed it to be an entirely unknown type of shark, making it one of the most sensational discoveries in 20th-century ichthyology
The Frilled Shark
The bizarre looking Frilled Shark, which we only knew about from fossils and was believed to gone extinct millions of years ago, until one was caught on camera in 2007 being very alive.
Coelecanth: The World’s Oldest Known Fish
While not exactly a frightening sea monster, the coelacanth is still a good example of how a species can remain hidden for such a long time. Considered a ”living fossil”, this is the oldest species of fish in the world. They were thought to have gone extinct at the end of the cretaceous period over 65 million years ago, and fossils of the coelacanth have been found that date back over 350 million years.
But againt all odds, a team of divers off the coast of South Africa came face to face with a living Coelacanth.——————————————————————
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. Someone would need to catch it on camera – deepdown in its natural habitiat, pretty much like what happened with the Giant Squid.——————————————————————
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?
The Bloop is the name given to an unidentified and extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1997. The sound, traced to somewhere around a remote point in the south Pacific Ocean, was detected several times. According to the NOAA description, it “rises rapidly in frequency over about one minute and was of sufficient amplitude to be heard on multiple sensors, at a range of over 5,000 km. Scientists believe that the sound is the most likely to come from some sort of animal, because its signature is a rapid variation in frequency similar to that of sounds known to be made by marine beasts.
This is where it gets creepy though… Bloop was detected by sensors up to 4800 kilometres apart, meaning the sound was far louder than any whale noise. This baffled scientists, who are still wondering if there could be a creature hiding somewhere in the ocean that is several times larger then a Blue Whale. If so, then maybe the fisherman, David Stead encountered, weren’ t exaggerating when they described a creature of between 35 and 90 meters long.
The Black Demon of Cortez
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.——————————————————————
Could Megalodon still be out there somewhere, waiting to make its existence known in a spectacular and no doubt horrifying way, could the mysterious “Bloop” be linked to a living Megalodon, or was the sound something totally different, and are people mistaking creatures such as the Whale shark for a Megalodon? I am afraid we will never have a clear answer untill one gets caught on film – like with the other sea creatures that were also considered to be mere myths untill not so long ago. What we do know for sure is that a discovered tooth of this mytical monster alone is enough to provide countless generations with their share of, straight-to-video, Monster Movies!
Finally, I would like to leave you this giant shark caught on film in Japan. Could it be a Megalodon? You decide, but it definitely looks huge!
Well, I hope you enjoyed but if you want more, then be sure to check out: Extinct Monsters That Were Giant Versions of Modern Animals
Posted by Ron