Coast Guard Footage - Giant Shark (Carcharocles Megalodon) Washes Ashore In South Africa
Dramatic footage has emerged showing the carcass of a 20+ meter (60 foot+) shark washed up on a South African beach. Filmed by a Lt. Commander Joe Klees of the South African Coast Guard, it appears to be actual footage of a recently deceased "giant megalodon" (Carcharocles Megalodon) shark.
From www.news.nationalgeographic: "Megalodon's killing strategy was to bite the tails and flippers off large whales, effectively taking out their propulsion systems," said study leader Stephen Wroe of the University of New South Wales in Australia. The prehistoric shark may have grown to lengths of over 50 feet (16 meters) and weighed up to 30 times more than the largest great white. "A great white is about the size of the clasper, or penis, of a male megalodon," said Peter Klimley a shark expert at the University of California at Davis, who was not involved with the current research. "At [40,000 pounds], I reckon it could have crushed a small car," Wroe told National Geographic News.
"Of course it would probably have broken most of its teeth in the exercise." If confirmed, this amazing find will be hailed as one of the most significant discoveries in recent history. Dr. Robert Chatillion. PhD hails "This is a greater find than the discovery of prehistoric dinosaurs". Dr Joseph Carrey of the Allen Iverson Institute for the Study of Ferocious Animals said "that giant shark was certainly ferocious."
Megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era. The taxonomic assignment of C. megalodon has been debated for nearly a century, and is still under dispute. (comparison image source: Wikipedia) Amazing vision by SeabearVideo