Some people search the internet for information on megalodon sightings. Although there are some videos out there that may lead you to believe it’s a megalodon sighting video, the real thing simply does not exist.
In fact, there are even fanatic websites that report sightings or talk about past reports. In truth, 100% of these sighting reports are false, at least concerning the validity of it being a real Carcharodon megalodon.
There are a few simple reasons that some people over the past few hundred years may have thought they saw a real megalodon.
Carcharodon megalodon teeth have been found for hundreds of years, even dating back to Renaissance times. However, the shark was not actually identified by scientists until 1835. Nearly all sightings reports have happened since then.
Most people have a general idea of the size possibilities of sharks that exist in the earth’s oceans, although this size generalization often just applies to a well know type of shark like the great white. For this reason, when people see a shark that is far beyond the size of what they think is a big shark, they believe it could be a megalodon that is still alive.
Even though sightings may not be real, it doesn’t mean that the people didn’t see a big shark. In fact, there are sharks that actually exist in the oceans today that come fairly close to the conservative size estimates of megalodon.
The whale shark has an average size that is merely 12-20 feet less than the size of megalodon. While this is quite a difference, most people have never actually seen a whale shark and may easily mistake it for being a real megalodon.
People that do support claims of real sightings often believe that these sharks have continued to live in the depths of the oceans to remain undetected by humans. Some of these stories originate from ocean trenches, where people in the Pacific Ocean have claimed that a large shark came out of the trench to feed and disappeared again.
In theory, a story like this could technically be possible but extremely unlikely. If any of these sharks had existed for the last 10,000 years, humans would be able to find white megalodon teeth in the oceans instead of black teeth.
The difference in teeth coloration is age. Shark teeth are white when they are still inside of a shark’s mouth, but over thousands of years in the ocean these teeth turn black. There has never been a single white tooth found of Carcharodon megalodon in recorded history, which is basically proof positive that they have indeed gone extinct.