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#219 to #52 - anonymous (08/20/2013) [-]
there's actually some speculation that great whites can grow into megalodons, but they aren't just living long enough these days. It does make some sense though, when the ice age occurred, their main food source, whales, moved into colder waters where they could not go, so maybe they did survive, but they couldn't live long enough to grow to their full size due to lack of substantial nutrition. On another note, Crocodiles haven't evolved for millions of years either, which puts them next to the great white in terms of consistency, so while there is no hard evidence for it, it's a plausible theory.
User avatar #136 to #52 - ecomp (08/19/2013) [-]
I'm gonna be a buzzkill here, but Megalodon's wouldn't nearly have a big enough food source to survive as an apex predator nowadays. Everything is just too damn small, that's why whales have survived, because they've adapted to eating small food.
#144 to #136 - worried (08/19/2013) [-]
theres a theory out there that a small number of them might still be alive.... i think they found a megalodon tooth that was wayy to recent to be a meg tooth
User avatar #156 to #144 - ecomp (08/19/2013) [-]
Theories like that are as hopeful as Nessie stories.
I did some research into that "recent tooth" when I was in another discussion about megalodons on here, and it was estimated to be like, 1.2 million years younger than when they thought that megalodons went extinct. Thing is, 1.2 million years younger still leaves it as 300,000 years old. And carbon dating gets more and more inaccurate the farther back you go.

Also, with a creature that big, and with morphology so similar to a great white, it would've been found by now. The only reason that the colossal squid was so mysterious was that it lived so far underwater in Antarctica. A creature like megalodon would have to live closer to the surface, and in hotter climates. I'm really sorry to be a buzzkill, believe me, I'd like them to be extant as much as any other shark enthusiast.
#211 to #156 - worried (08/19/2013) [-]
many of creatures (especially sea creatures) that we thought where extinct have actually been still alive, look at the giant squid, coelecanth, frilled shark, mega mouth shark, giant oarfish, the marine bloop (massive sound caught in deep sea mics that where way too big even for a blue whale), once we know where to look for them, we realize that they are still alive and in healthy numbers too.... remember..... 95% of the earths waters are still unexplored
User avatar #216 to #211 - ecomp (08/19/2013) [-]
As for the bloop "The sound is consistent with the noises generated by icequakes in large icebergs, or large icebergs scraping the ocean floor." - Wikipedia

As for the others, as I said, the colossal squid lives in Antarctica, not a very well-traversed area. The coelecanth is really small compared to the megalodon and was found in a remote village in africa, the giant oarfish was discovered in the 1700's, the frilled shark and the megamouth shark both live at the bottom of the ocean floor. None of these characteristics are consistant with the Megalodon. Sorry to crush your dreams.
#228 to #216 - worried (08/20/2013) [-]
the oarfish was discovered recently (2010).... they found their fossils in the 1700s, and finding these so-called "extinct" creatures just proves the possibilities of more miscategorized creatures...

"The Bloop is the name given to an unidentified and extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Darius Negrophallusistration (NOAA) in 1997. The sound, traced to somewhere around a remote point in the south Pacific Ocean, was detected several times. According to the NOAA description, it “rises rapidly in frequency over about one minute and was of sufficient amplitude to be heard on multiple sensors, at a range of over 5,000 km. Scientists believe that the sound is the most likely to come from some sort of animal, because its signature is a rapid variation in frequency similar to that of sounds known to be made by marine beasts."

- U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Darius Negrophallusistration

dont always trust wikipedia... theres a reason college professors ban it as a legit source... and also look up the black demon of cortez
User avatar #229 to #228 - ecomp (08/20/2013) [-]
The oarfish was first described in 1772 by Peter Ascanius in his book "Icones rerum naturalium". If there was any proof of a megalodon, it would have been described by somebody in the last few hundred years. Also, it's found at a mile underwater at highest. That's pretty ******* deep if you didn't know.

"Dziak explained to us the NOAA's findings, and confirmed that "the frequency and time-duration characteristics of the Bloop signal are consistent, and essentially identical, to icequake signals we have recorded off Antarctica". He explained: "We began an acoustic survey of the Bransfield Strait and Drake Passage in 2005 which lasted until 2010. It was in analysis of this recent acoustic data that it became clear that the sounds of ice breaking up and cracking is a dominant source of natural sound in the southern ocean. Each year there are tens of thousands of what we call 'icequakes' created by the cracking and melting of sea ice and ice calving off glaciers into the ocean, and these signals are very similar in character to the Bloop." " - www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-11/29/bloop-mystery-not-solved-sort-of

In this article, it also describes how it was never seriously considered to be an animal, and the speculation that it was an animal was concieved by amateurs who heard it at a 15X sped up version, which made it sound like an animal sound, but when slowed down makes it sound much more like icequakes underwater.

The black demon of cortez is nothing more than a large great white, and being 20 feet long, it's still within the boundaries of a Great White's size. It's even proposed to have been a hoax, as the one caught was 20 feet long, and only 2k pounds, which would make it skinny as hell, with hardly any meat. Sorry, but none of these "monsters" hold any validity in science.
User avatar #147 to #144 - newforomador (08/19/2013) [-]
I also heard from my friend that they found a ship with a huge bite out of the hull. Of course, my friend easily could've been ************ me or gotten the information from a **** source.
#133 to #52 - arialynx (08/19/2013) [-]
Nah, 						****					 that.
Nah, **** that.
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User avatar #61 to #52 - thechosentroll (08/19/2013) [-]
In other news, every country on the planet decomissioned their submarines.
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