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Researchers spot image resembling 50ft megalodon shark, turns out to be a large school of mackerel


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Researchers studying sharks in the Northwest Atlantic recently spotted a shape that temporarily led them to believe the extinct megalodon shark was still swimming in the depths.

The Atlantic Shark Institute shared the image captured on its fish finder on its social media accounts, saying researchers estimated the apparent megalodon was around 50ft long and weighed 40 tonnes.

“Does the Meg exist?” asked the organization. “On a recent shark research trip, we were all amused to see this shape appear on our fish finder for several minutes.”

However, the researchers’ excitement over the monstrous sea creature’s return only lasted a few minutes as the form turned out to be something else entirely.

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“We waited for one of the rods to go off. However, to our disappointment, the shape started to turn into a large school of Atlantic mackerel which hung around the boat for about 15 minutes,” said said the institute.

“So close, yet so far!” it continued. “The Megalodon (Otodus megalodon), disappeared more than 3 million years ago and will probably remain so, but, for a few minutes, we thought it had returned!

Megalodon, the apex predator of the seas, was the largest shark to ever live, reaching 50 feet in length and weighing up to 120,000 pounds.

A 3D illustration of the extinct Megalodon, which is said to have reached lengths of 50 feet long.
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Several theories exist on how the massive shark met its extinction.

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One such theory suggests that the megalodon may have become extinct because it was overtaken and overtaken by its smaller, more agile cousin, the great white.

Other theories suggest that the megalodon was killed by an exploding star around 2.6 million years ago.

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