“Megalodon Megalodon still existed—what it would prey upon, where it would live,” he said. “Never do any of my colleagues or I ever plausibly argue that Megalodon is still extant.” But hey, these are all just scientists studyingsharks.
“There’s about as much scientific controversy about the possibility of Megalodons lurking in today’s oceans as there is about mermaids.
None.” David Kerstetter, an assistant professor at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Florida, whose current work includes reducing shark bycatch in fisheries, had a similar response.
“There is no discussion among fisheries professionals whether Megalodon is extinct,” he said.
“If even one credible scientist had doubts about this, the Discovery Channel wouldn’t have had to use actors.” “As a researcher focused on mako sharks, I often discuss Megalodon with my colleagues,” explained Dovi Kacev, a Ph D candidate at San Diego State University studying the population genetics of shortfin mako and common thresher sharks.
“With a whole week of Shark Week programming ahead of us, we wanted to explore the possibilities of Megalodon.
It’s one of the most debated shark discussions of all time, can Megalodon exist today? The stories have been out there for years and with 95% of the ocean unexplored, who really knows?” “One of the most debated shark discussions of all time”? While I am a marine biologist, my research is on lionfish, not sharks—maybe I’m out of the loop. I asked Carl Meyer, Assistant Researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and co-head of the Shark Research Team, for his take.Is the extinct status of “We all secretly wish Megalodon was still around,” he told me. The only discussion they occasionally have is “why people fall for this stuff.” “This documentary was the first time I’ve ever even heard it suggested that Megalodon may still exist,” said Daniel Holstein, a post doc with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.“The fossil record of Megalodon ends in the Pliocene,” he told me conclusively. ” “It isn’t a subject for serious scientific discussion,” he continued.“There are much more exciting things going on the the world of ancient sharks!” To name a few: Maisey is currently working on the anatomy of the oldest known fossil sharks and shark-like fishes, from the Lower Devonian of South America, Africa and Canada; slightly younger (Lower Carboniferous) shark fossils from the USA, including the largest Paleozoic shark ever discovered; and NSF-funded work on modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, as part of the chondrichthyan “Tree of Life” project.