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Megalodon Discovery TV hoax


“Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives” is a docu-fiction that originally aired on the Discovery Channel. The story, with only short disclaimers at the beginning and ending indicating that it is fictional, revolves around the loss of a pleasure boat and crew off the coast of South Africa and an ensuing investigation that points to an attack by a member of the species megalodon, a prehistoric shark thought to be long extinct. Its format is that of a documentary that includes accounts of “professionals” in various fields related to Megalodon. It follows a similar format to another docufiction aired by Discovery, Mermaids: The Body Found.

The show, like “Mermaids,” came under criticism by both scientists and ordinary viewers due to the attempt to present fiction as a non-fiction documentary. Despite the disclaimers, some people actually believed they were watching a real documentary while others were offended that a docu-fiction show would be aired on a channel that previously was known for true science shows. It should also be noted, unlike Mermaids, the disclaimers were barely even present, in addition to the talk show that was strongly saying and asking if people believed what was presented in Megalodon showed that the species was still alive, this likely caused the mass misconception that the shark species was still alive. {Wikipedia}

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Roesch, Ben S. 1998. A Critical Evaluation of the Supposed Contemporary Existence of Carcharodon megalodon. The Cryptozoology Review 3 (2): 14-24.


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