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.

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

  1. Disgusting that such an amazing creature was found and then killed without a thought!! Imbeciles!!! Humans are not humane!!

    • Thank you Kayla

      Unfortunately people think that a fish or animal have no right compare to a human .
      I am a diver and have dived with sharks and they are an amazing fish which has an important job to the ecoen

    • you seem to be more worried about a shark being killed than the person a few blocks away from you…..

    • you people have no idea what you are talking about…

  2. christine priester | September 25, 2014 at 1:32 am | Reply

    yea should have been left alone to live its life scientists can study it while it’s living

  3. Jane Herring-Noal | September 25, 2014 at 1:21 am | Reply

    Should have been left to live it’s life in peace.

    • You and many others on here , are idiots….. just sayin’

      You obviously didn’t read the article. You have no knowledge, or have ever watched/read National Geographic.

      This is a deep water animal – when deep water animals / fish come up – they are already close to death.It may have been sick and dying – or something else.

  4. What a mighty regal Shark! And this one was 2-3 years old…how large would it be at 10 years old? This Shark also has parents….how large are they…? I understand scientific discovery….please….this species should be allowed to procreate, and survive another million years….

  5. You guys complaining about killing it. Almost all animals that live that deep in the ocean would be close to death by the time it got close enough to be caught. The pressure that low is intense, 1 atmosphere of pressure for every 33 feet of water. By the time they reeled it in, the lack of pressure probably made it impossible for the shark to have enough pressure in its circulatory system to force the perfusion of oxygen and nutrients to its tissues.

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