Nope, no whale with a giant bite taken out of it has ever washed up in Hawaii. No fishing vessel went mysteriously missing off of South Africa in April. No one has ever found unfossilized Megalodon teeth. The scientist featured on the film Collin Drake? He doesn’t exist. The evidence was faked, the stories completely fabricated, and the scientists portrayed on it were actors. The idea that Megalodon could still be roaming the ocean is a tantalizing idea, but no real evidence has been found.
Megalodons were real, incredible, fascinating sharks. There’s a ton of actual science about them that is well worth a two hour special. We’ve discovered their nursery grounds off the coast of Panama, for example. Their bite is thought to be the strongest of all time—strong enough to smash an automobile—beating out even the most monstrous dinosaurs. The real science of these animals should have been more than enough to have a show for Discovery Channel viewers.
My biggest problem with this “documentary” is that it was portrayed as the truth. It’s like National Geographic lying to us. Discovery has been a bastion for learning and, hence the name, discovery in the fields of science. Each year the shark week specials, along with the ones about mammoths and prehistoric animals, and archaeological expeditions for Egypt, etc… keep me glued to my seat. I love learning, and it’s always been refreshing to have a place to turn without wondering if I was being lied to. Not anymore.
It’s a truly sad day for me, as I will no longer believe anything brought forth to me from the channel. At least Animal Planet’s “Lost Tapes” show has disclaimers at every break and you know the footage is a re-inactment. Was the new special enjoyable? Absolutley. It was done masterfully. Have a show about facts, not made up bullshit. This is beneath you Discovery.