15-Ton Prehistoric Shark Captured Off Coast Of Pakistan

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Karachi | A giant prehistoric shark previously thought to be extinct for more than 20 million years has been captured by local fishermen off the coast of Pakistan, reports the Islamabad Herald this morning.

The giant creature first thought to be a great white shark was rapidly declared by experts to be an unknown species of shark as it’s great weight and size were unheard of. Analysis of the teeth suggests the shark to be a parent of the Megalodon, an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era.

The sea creature that measures an incredible 10.4 meters and weighs an astounding 15.6 tons is the largest living shark ever caught to date, great white sharks reaching an impressive 7 tons at full growth, a size that is no match for this giant prehistoric shark that can reach an imposing 20 meters in length and possibly weight up to 30 tons, depending on estimates.

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More than 20 local fishermen were needed to haul the giant beast onto the shore before authorities later brought heavy machinery in

“This is an incredible opportunity to work on a real specimen instead of trying to figure out the whole picture from different fossil composites” admits Smithsonian paleontologist Jeff Mayor, visibly enthused by the discovery.

The specimen was revealed not to be fully grown and is estimated to be 2 or 3 years old and already twice the size of a full grown white shark, which takes 5 years to reach its full growth.

A quick autopsy revealed the creature lives under great depths, feeding on giant squid and other fish not commonly found near the surface, which makes the discovery even more incredible to experts.

“Are rising sea temperatures forcing these beasts to come up closer to the shores or was this animal simply hurt and suffering from a disorienting handicap, these questions are left unanswered” claims local marine biologist Rajar Muhammar.

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The giant sea creature had a total of 276 teeth in its jaws, spanning 5 rows with it’s biggest tooth measuring an incredible 15 cm

The recent discovery has raised great enthusiasm from experts abroad who are pondering the fact that other thought to be extinct species might still be dwelling in the depths of the seas. “This is very exciting news for the future of ocean exploration as technology is permitting us to go deeper and deeper every day” explains marine biologist Suzan Chopper from the University of Sydney, Australia. “I just don’t know how well our submarines would do against a giant monster like this” she adds.

15 Comments on "15-Ton Prehistoric Shark Captured Off Coast Of Pakistan"

  1. sharknado you turds!!! grow up

  2. We’re gonna need a bigger boat…

  3. What an exciting discovery. I agree with other comments that were made about this animal dying when it came up from the depths it lives in. Hopefully the parents of it and the other creatures stay down in the depths where they’ll be safe from humans and we’ll be safe from them

  4. I guess now we should not be surprised if we find a living dinosaur …

  5. Wow, this is truly sad that this magnificent beast was killed for “studies” What if it is the last one….? You might have just killed THE LAST KNOWN LIVING FOSSIL IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! How asinine and ignorant can scientist be? Super disappointed to what this world has come to, just to find some answers. Shame on the scientific community for this one.

    • there is no such thing as a “living fossil” by definition, fossils are DEAD.

    • What this world has come to? You seem to have forgotten how the answers we know today were once found. The scientific world is no where NEAR as vicious as it once was. Plus, the thing was, more than likely, dead when it was pulled in. We haven’t seen them because they live deep, and the atmospheric pressure differences alone of it coming to the surface (sick or injured in the first place) to get anywhere near the nets/lines would have killed it.

    • I don’t think that word means what you think it does.

    • Cat, were you ever diagnosed as being “learning impaired” or “mentally challenged” as a child? It was likely already dead or dying by the time it was close enough to the surface to capture, if it didn’t just wash up because it was already dead.

      Sometimes I wonder how you people manage to survive on a day to day basis.

    • GrieverBlade | October 25, 2014 at 11:20 am |

      the “last known living fossile” well… say that to the Coelacanthe … (hint: another specie that was thought to be extinct millions yrs ago)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coelacanth

      also for jeff “living fossil” is a common calling for that kind of find… now a literall translation of a ‘fossile’ who is indeed dead

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