The megalodon has been considered extinct for three million years, but many people believe that the giant primeval shark continues to exist secretly in the shallows of the ocean.
Bremen – It offers the stuff horror films are made of: a huge killer who lurks in the depths of his prey. It has razor-sharp teeth with which it can mercilessly shred its prey into pieces. And if he smells blood, it’s over immediately. Just the idea that a shark might be under you is enough to send a chill down the spine of most swimmers.
There is hardly a sea creature that is so feared as the shark. And hardly anyone who is so misunderstood. Because although they seem so dangerous, not every shark is qua natura a killer. It shows what a terrifying effect it has on people a video that recently went viral on Tiktok (* FNP reported).
You can see a large shark circling a cruise ship and panicking the passengers. What they don’t know: it is a harmless basking shark that feeds on plankton. Meanwhile, in the comments, many users discussed whether it might not be a megalodon, a gigantic primeval shark.
Megalodon: Fossils are over 1.5 million years old
The megalodon was one of the largest marine animals and lived about ten million years ago until it disappeared again about three million years ago. How forschung-und-wissen.de reported, the monstrous sea giant was up to 20 meters long. Now theories are spreading that the primeval shark could currently still live in the deep sea.
Alleged evidence and claims of megalodon sightings keep popping up on the internet, fueling the controversy. After all, there are still large parts of the deep sea that humans have not yet explored. “In these unbelievable dark rooms there are certainly still many things and living beings to discover that we have no inkling of,” said Antje Boetius, marine biologist at the University of Bremen Daily mirror.
Supporters of the theory often point out that the megalodon could hide in extreme depths of the ocean – as a kind of self-protection from humans. But researchers have found on the basis of discovered fossils that the primeval shark stayed in shallow and warm waters as well as coastal areas, so it would not feel comfortable in extreme depths.
In addition, scientists found that the megalodon lost its prey in colder waters millions of years ago. That in turn led to the extinction of the shark.
If the primeval shark is actually still alive, it would have to have adapted so strongly to its environment over time that it would also have to have changed its physiognomy – in other words: it would look different. As before, science cannot rule out one hundred percent that the megalodon does not exist in the enigmatic deep sea.
But an important clue are the fossils of the primeval shark. “All traces that we have found of Megalodon and that can be reliably dated are over 1.5 million years old,” says David Ebert, marine biologist at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in the USA. And unless younger fossils show up to prove otherwise, it is considered extinct. *FNP is an offer from IPPEN.Media.