Recently, scientists monitoring sharks in the northwest Atlantic saw a shape that made them think for a moment that the long-extinct megalodon shark was still swimming about.
Researchers at the Atlantic Shark Institute estimated the apparent megalodon to be roughly 50 feet in length and 40 tonnes in weight. The organization released the fish finder photograph on its social media sites.
The group wanted to know, “Does the Meg exist?” We were all amused when this shape appeared on our fish finder for a few minutes during our recent shark research excursion.
The scientists’ initial joy at the return of the gigantic marine creature was short-lived, as the shape turned out to be something else entirely.
“When one of the rods finally went off, we all cheered. Unfortunately, after about 15 minutes, the form changed into a massive school of Atlantic mackerel that followed the boat around, “according to the research facility.
There was still “so close, but so far!” it said. The Megalodon (Otodus megalodon) has been extinct for over three million years and is expected to remain extinct. However, we were convinced that he had returned for a brief period.
The Megalodon was the giant shark in history, measuring as long as 50 feet and weighing as much as 120,000 pounds. The giant shark’s demise is puzzling and has been the subject of many theories.
Some have speculated that the great white shark, the megalodon’s smaller and more agile relative, was responsible for the megalodon’s extinction. One competing theory proposes that the megalodon went extinct about 2.6 million years ago due to an exploding star.
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