What Is a Megalodon Sighting?


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In its 2013 show "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives," the Discovery Channel claims that a megalodon nicknamed "Submarine" has been seen by eyewitnesses. Shark scientists deny any confirmed sightings of megalodons, which went extinct about 2 million years ago.

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The megalodon is believed to be related to modern great white sharks and mako sharks but was much larger than either species, reaching lengths of 50 to 60 feet. It probably had the most powerful bite of any creature that has ever lived. It may have preyed on whales and large fish. Possible factors in its extinction include oceanic cooling, reduced populations of the whales it hunted and competition from killer whales.

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