15-Ton Prehistoric Shark Captured Off Coast Of Pakistan

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 can reach up to 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.


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

A “highly unexpected” catch

Smithsonian Institute researcher, Jeff Mayor, says this is the “catch of a lifetime” and was “highly unexpected”.

“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.


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

A wave of optimism

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.

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


  2. I agree if it’s suppose to be extinct why didn’t they let it live? I would also like to know what the ‘F’ they caught it on s I might have to invest in some of that type of fishing gear 🙂

    • 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 – there isn’t anything saying that it was killed, it says captured, maybe it was found in theyre nets..

    • it said they did an autopsy on it, that means its dead.

    • Ummm yea this Joe person might be a very young person. That’s what I’m going with

    • The fishermen that killed this fish had no idea that this fish was suppose to be extinct. So you can’t blame the fishermen for killing it. Yes I do think it should have been kept alive but they couldn’t stop the fish and say are you suppose to be extinct. So come on people lay of the fishermen they were just out to make a living

  3. Troy Peter James Naumoff | September 24, 2014 at 7:04 am | Reply


    • Maybe you should read the article again before you comment

      It says reason for death unknown not killed by fisherman

    • I am so tired of people making accusations before reading the article…

    • I am unhappy to see comments from a bunch of animal rights morons. Please read the article before invoking the animal (rights) in you, you bumbling idiots. Pressure, change in pressure killed the baby. If you are so concerned about it, launch a war against Pakistan a la WMD war against Saddam:)-.

  4. WOW…. its only a baby… where is mummy?

    • rainer kuusik | September 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm |


    • Probably waiting to attack the next cruise ship because we killed her baby.

    • Well sharks are known to be loners, so honestly the mom didn’t even know the baby was gone.

    • You’re doing your job, out fishing, trying to put food on people’s tables, you catch something which turns out to be the first ancient sea monster ever discovered, and immediately the web is clamoring for a ban on killing them? (A creature we’ve only ever seen one of, by accident…) – Sigh…

  5. I like it a lot but i think it should have been left to live

    • I agree. It should have lived. Why kill it?

    • I agree should of lived
      Something as accident should have been respected
      more beatiful to see how it develops or matures
      That’s what the world does now is kill kill kill
      How amazing ashame I hope we don’t find more cause the government will just kill them off

    • Ment to say ancient

    • Something as ancient as that should’ve been respected and left alone and studied while alive

    • I agree- leave them alone. Study live specimens. You learn so much more.

    • If it’s a deep sea shark, the pressure difference would of killed it… .. Not rally the fishermans fault , how would he have know what he had

    • megalodondave | September 25, 2014 at 4:32 am |

      youre all fucking retarted except you^

    • Catching and killing creatures like this must be made illegal and charges made to deter this happening

    • Our first reaction when finding a new specie is to kill… How sad.

    • Its only 2-3 years old and we haven’t seen one in how long? At least we can now study it to expand our knowledge on deep sea creatures.

    • a baby !!! UGH UGH UGH

    • I agree!

    • did they kill it or was it found dead?

    • More noble presumptions by the animal rights folks. All I read was “captured”. Didn’t see the condition at time of “capture”. Live, dying or dead.

    • I was gonna say that it’s no longer living lol….why couldn’t they just track it and watch it. If it was thought to be extinct they could have in some way help it be brought back to life…

    • Shakun Maharaj/Miss | September 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm |


    • It says the “captured” the shark, there is not even one moment where they said that it was killed. Even a section of the article points out that the reason for the shark’s death is unknown!

      I wish that it had lived, but let’s not point fingers when there are not any needs for them! 🙂

    • I’m failing to see where it says: THEY killed it……

    • think about it…how would u reel in a 15 ton super shark?

    • The article I read said it was found dead, well unconcious and by the time they got it reeled in it was dead.

    • if it was 3 years old then there’s a good chance more exist.

    • To all of you going ‘they shouldn’t have killed it’ and ‘it should be illegal to kill animals like this’ a) the animal was found unconsious, therefor it dealt with trauma from another animal at depths we can’t reach as of yet, or it swam too high, which leads me to my next point b) if the animal is a deep see creature, then what killed it is the change of pressure from deep sea levels to the surface, not the ones who captured it, it doesn’t matter the circumstance of how it was captured, if it was above its natural depth then chances are it was already dead by the time it reached the surface

    • Did you read the article… It wasn’t killed… it washed up…

    • 2 to 3 years old ……its parents are still out there……..

    • They should never have killed this magnificent creature. We are slowly destroying animal life on our planet. How sad.

    • Your going to need a bigger boat!

    • very sad day….

    • “Captured”

    • So wot if a seal an a shark got a bit frisky, then decided to go to the gym an pop steroids. He only came to the surface cause he had a dentist appointment, poor bugger R.I.P mate


    • They thought it was a great white, It was an accident.

    • Hopefully they took enough blood samples to one day clone it.

    • I agree, but the fishermen thought that it was a great white shark before they killed it. I think had they known what they had caught then they probably would have let it live. The article also said it was estimated to be 2-3 years old so there’s probably more

    • I agree, why kill it?

    • Do we have to kill everything???

    • Did any of you actually read the article? It clearly states the animal was already unconscious when they found it. It clearly was already dying as the pressure change alone would be a fatal blow. They didn’t ‘kill’ the creature.

    • DieAllMegaladons | October 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm |

      I don’t think you would say that if you saw it swimming next to your boat

    • You are right.

    • yes, but now it is dead just think of all those giant squid that will grow big enough to drag thousands who travel on ocean liners to their deaths!

    • simon marvin | October 3, 2014 at 10:15 am |

      does this not tell us something, we have found one now. this shark is only a baby 2 years old, should we not be thinking there numbers might be increasing! not as extinct as we thought maybe more money should be put in to researching our oceans depths, what else is lurking in the darkness.

    • I agree, let them live, but it looks like they captured it because they thought it was a great white–the experts are who determined the shark was an undetermined species. May as well do research with him now that they got him.

    • there was no need to kill this creature at all. has as much right if not more to be her

    • Totally agree. The only reasons creatures become extinct is because of ignorant humans who think they have the right to destroy any living thing for their amusement or exploration. Reading this has made me so angry. How would they like to be taken from their home and butchered!

    • Leave it to fisherman to do what science has failed to once again. That’s why it is dead. It likely got the Benz from being brought up from depth too quickly.

    • I wonder if he tastes like spotted owl or eagle

    • So what do you do when you find a shark that is supposed to have been extinct for 20 million years –
      A – protect it
      B – study it
      C – kill it

      Guess which one these morons went with!

    • Britni Alleman | October 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm |

      Live and let live! Why not tag it and explore the sea with it? Why do we always have to kill things to study them?

    • peter gnass | October 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm |

      Maybe there are no more left now, maybe only one. Why do we have to kill everything that moves

    • I agree. It helps the ocean life stay in tact. Why couldn’t it live?

    • Prehistoric..so they KILL it 🙁

    • JohnnyBgood | October 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm |

      I think they need a bigger boat

    • JohnnyBgood | October 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm |

      Obama has taken credit for its capture and for its death.

    • Hold on guys, you with the whole “fishermen shouldn’t have killed it!” One thing, the article didn’t specify if they killed the shark or if it just died on its own for whatever reason. Two, the pressure changes from the greater depths coming up to shallower water would have most likely killed it. If the pressure changes didn’t killed it then it probably would have injured it internally. It’s about the same as when you fly or drive through mountains and your ears pop. Only if you can imagine, your internal organs are basically crushed by your swim bladder, we’ll because you’re a fish or shark. Sometime, your insides my get pushed out through your mouth by said swim bladder, just depends on the situation.

    • Niall Mclean | October 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm |

      why keep it alive. Kill that ducking thing. It should have died long ago, it obviously doesn’t like how the world is turning out. Put them out of their misery. #nuketheoceans

    • Ida Malone Jackson | October 15, 2014 at 9:36 am |

      Maybe I missed something. I didn’t read that it was killed. The article alluded to it being hurt. Maybe it was already dying or dead when they found it.

    • shane culler | October 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm |

      dont worry if there is one that means there is a population

    • Why do they have to kill it? Because they feared it!! It gave them a sense of “Victory!” Today’s world is so f…well, you know what I mean!!? Peace to ALL!! Spread Love, Peace, & Life! Smile, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to…when in fact, smiling spreads Good feelings and maybe it will help all the non-sense killing in today’s world!

    • They couldn’t do anything but kill it. They are uneducated 3rd worlders. A bunch of guys on a boat and here comes a giant shark…what are they going to do…kill it!! Maybe they thought it was going to tip over the boat! Very interested in how they landed the thing. It takes hours to wear down a thousand pounder…how did they manage this??? Very curious, and saddened this happened to the young shark!

    • This is proof that if one exist, there is a breading population!!

    • Why do we always have to kill that which we do not understand. This creature had a right to live.

    • Yes they should have left it alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So sad mankind is destroying everything God has designed because of Science??

    • its megalodon

    • I agree it should have been left alive – what if it was the last one….

    • I would have had my freezer full and everyone I know would too. Definitely no food shortage in Pakistan.

    • Sad that this creature was killed. What a shame!

    • I also think should have been left alive.Also if it’s only few years old must mean there’s a mommy & Daddy right?

    • Looks just like a great white except for the teeth(they are not serrated a long its edges)

    • Thank’ for killing em now the Megladon shark is now extinct for good

      …im being sarcastic…

    • Sooo if it is 3-4 years old, then isn’t that reassuring that there is at least a small population of other sharks like this that are breeding??? It is unfortunate that this specimen is deceased but I am excited by it’s age… there have to be more!

    • I also feel it should have been allowed to live ..if it wasnt extinct then this will help in making it so .. 🙁

    • Chelsea Howell | October 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm |

      The problem is, it wasn’t doing well when they found it. We can’t even keep great whites in captivity for very long, we know nothing about this shark, etc. If we don’t know its habitat and feeding needs, it’s better off dead. The marine biologist in the article said it was disoriented or may have suffered an injury, making it come up to the surface. As a biologist, sure, I don’t particularly love killing things and looking at them, but it’s what we do. This specimen can now be preserved and kept in a museum collection for years to come, so others can study this ONE specimen instead of going out and killing a bunch more. Trust me, the government isn’t going to run off and kill these guys. Lots of sharks are protected and considering this species is incredibly rare, the same will be done to this one.

    • i agree totally

    • Are you idiots serious? He would have died being out of deep sea anyways. On a side note what did you want them to do? Dive down and see what they had caught?

    • henryhawk47d | October 25, 2014 at 5:52 am |

      they thought it was a great white until they pulled it out da water

    • There is another one out there in the sea/oceans. This might of been the one that knocked/bite a hole thru that family’s boat.

    • Couldn’t they have tagged it?

    • well you know people, when they find something that they have never heard of before, they just have to kill it or keep it

    • Deesnutsnmouth | November 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm |

      It better that it is dead

    • l love shark… marinated then grilled next to asparagus & served with rice. mmmm.

    • What I’ve read of this article, States local fishermen captured the shark – they assumed it to be a great white – People who could identify the species were not around while it was still alive. Yes, it’s sad, but they did not know what they were pulling out of the water at the time and I’m sure the assumption made however, was … it’s just another shark, be it a big one.

    • I fink dey shud hav dum put it back in the river, poor fishy #respektanimuls

    • johanneskrauserII | January 18, 2015 at 3:44 am |

      And where exactly in the article did it state “fishermen killed it”? A bunch of bleeding heart lib morons on the comments page..

    • I being a shark lover is disgusted by how people treat a fish that’s survived longer than all of us it should of been tagged and released or left alone completely people wonder why sharks attack humans when humans kill hundreds of sharks every year sharks have more of a right to live on this earth than us.

    • If you people read this article and think about it, its a good thing it was caught. This is the proof that is needed to wake up the nay Sayers saying megaladon doesn’t exist.. we need to learn everything there we can. The article says its an unknown species that is the parent of megaladon. This one is only 2 to 3years old then we have bigger problems than megaladon

    • You mean to tell me that thing has a mommy and daddy out there somewhere? I’m never going in the ocean again! Matter of fact, I’m never even going on a boat!

    • And we killed another old and magnificent creature.
      Why? Don’t know..

    • Beverly Bennett | April 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm |

      If you find a critter that is thought to be extinct or one that is very rare it should be left alive. Study it while it is alive and in an aquarium .!

    • Seriously? These guys were simply fishing for food.
      How many of you idiots have NEVER eaten fish?
      How many of you know that fisherman supply food fo Billions of people?
      Sharks are mindless preditors that eat anything including people.

    • Did you guys even read the article? The shark lived under great depths
      Great Depths = High Pressure
      If you’re used to high pressure, then you will literally be destroyed when you move to a low pressure environment. The fishermen didn’t kill the shark, the shark killed itself, it was a baby after all?

    • i think the meg and all other animals should be left to live there lifes without being hunted.the said thing is man kill anything bigger then them. one day something like a meg will bite thm on the ass
      im a big lover of the meg and of ness and i think they should be left alone tagged yes hunted no

    • John Jacob Jinglehiemer-Schmidt | May 9, 2017 at 1:15 am |

      You don’t know what you have on the line until you pull it out of the water. It clearly states that they did not know that it was not a Great White even after they pulled it out of the water. So by the time they figured out that it wasn’t a Great White – it was already dead. That’s fishing. Sometimes you get a fish, sometimes you get a boot, sometimes you get a shark that previously all experts said was extinct and therefore couldn’t be pulled out of the water.

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