5 Megalodons Caught on Camera & Spotted In Real Life!. 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!
#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 many reason to think these horrifying and tendrilous 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.