Passengers on a cruise boat in the Atlantic ocean spotted a massive shark, so big that some feared the return of the Megalodon!
The shark sighting was shared in a now-viral TikTok video, where passengers can be seen crowding the boat’s deck to get a peek at the giant fish.
Many of the passengers let out alarmed screams at the sight of it. Alex Albrecht was on the upper deck of the boat when he saw the shark for himself and started recording. He shared the video, saying, “Sailed six weeks in the atlantic saw this big f**king shark.”
Many people in the comments were convinced that the startling-sized shark must be a Megaladon, an ancient shark that went extinct millions of years ago.
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The Megaladon was the biggest predator to ever live, according to the Natural History Museum. According to the museum, “Estimates suggest [the Megaladon] grew to between 15 and 18 metres in length, three times longer than the largest recorded great white shark.”
While many people were convinced of the return of that extinct shark, the truth is much tamer. Based on the video, the shark actually appears to be a harmless basking shark, which can grow to be quite large.
According to Oceana, basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world and can grow to be 45 feet long, right behind the whale shark. Despite their massive size, however, they’re actually harmless filter feeders.
I suppose we’ll never know for sure what kind of shark is in the video, so perhaps the Megaladon did return.
Watch the video below to see for yourself:
Sailed six weeks in the atlantic saw this big fucking shark