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#1    Talon

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 02:08 PM

Just found this on google. The info is actually a few months old, but I can't find any mention of it on the site using search so I guess nobodies commented on it.

Possible Megalodon in Mariana trench

The deepest portion of the Pacific Ocean, the Challenger Deep, is located in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.

Recently, Japanese researchers have conducted an interesting experiment in the Suruga Bay, not far from the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot in the World Ocean.

The researchers put a container with some smelly bait on the bay bottom. A special video camera was attached to the wall of the container. The researchers peered into monitors to see what would happen with the container and the bait.

The smell of the bait attracted a shoal of deep-water sharks. But then the researchers saw something incredible that left them speechless. Suddenly the sharks scattered in all directions and researchers saw an incredibly huge monster on the screens of their monitors.


The giant slowly soared before the video camera at a depth of about 1.5 kilometers. The length of the sea Goliath was over 60 meters (more than 180 feet). It was not clear what the giant was in fact.

Researchers failed to answer the question, just made conjectures concerning what the creature may be. They said that might be a sleeping shark, the largest shark . Even now people know just few facts about these sharks.

They have been hiding in the dark ocean deeps for millions of years. People have never seen live sleeping sharks as well as giant squids. Only once, in 1964, a bulk of a dead sleeping shark was cast ashore in Indonesia; it was just a very young shark judging by its size of 26 meters. ..PRAVDA 9/20/03

"Scientists still do not know what they saw, registered and filmed and not a single frame has been released. If it was a giant shark Megalodon is a good candidate, even though this monster is thought to have died out 170 million years ago; see our features Megalodon the Monster Shark and New Evidence for Megalodon.
If it was a classical sea serpent it´s easy to understand why the Japanese scientist´s are cautious and would like to analyze the video footage very careful before releasing it to the world."

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 02:22 PM

Just of note, the Mariana trench was were the Meg Trilogy by Steve Alten placed the place Megalodons had been hidding.

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 02:32 PM

Very interesting article Talon. The waters are full of mysterious things, can you imagine draning all the seas, lakes and everything like that and looking what was present? The water based creatures are some of the most amazing, and I have not heard of a sleeping shark before so I will look those up.

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 02:36 PM

Has anyone tried looking for giant squid down there?

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 02:40 PM

We were talking about this a while ago on Cryptozoology.com. I've been waiting for some kind of follow up story but haven't seen anything yet. As yet nobody seems to able to find out anything on these Japanese Researchers either..


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Posted 29 July 2004 - 02:53 PM

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Has anyone tried looking for giant squid down there?


As much as I like Megalodon stories, I think a giant Squid is a more likely canidate for what this thing was than a Meg, I'm just going with what GUST says.


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We were talking about this a while ago on Cryptozoology.com. I've been waiting for some kind of follow up story but haven't seen anything yet. As yet nobody seems to able to find out anything on these Japanese Researchers either..


I read on the site I got this from, which in turn got it from GUST; 'Take anything connected with GUST with a pinch of salt.'  tongue.gif However, I did get two sources before posting it just in case GUST were making it up... only thing is, both get there info from GUST itself huh.gif .

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 03:39 PM

I. Would. KILL to see that footage.

60 feet long. Gosh. Even if it was a giant squid as you say Talon, the largest Giant ever seen, dead of course, was 40something feet long including it's tentacles.

This 'sleeping shark' is the Megadolon? I've never heard of it before except in perhistoric accounts..


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Posted 29 July 2004 - 03:41 PM

60 meters burnside...

over 180 feet

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 03:42 PM

QUOTE (hunterkiller2001 @ Jul 29 2004, 11:41 AM)
60 meters burnside...

over 180 feet

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 03:51 PM

  yea.. big enough to make you  blink.gif  blink.gif  blink.gif  blink.gif

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 04:01 PM

God, someone get me that footage!!!!!!


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Posted 29 July 2004 - 04:07 PM

I'd pay a lot to see this thing! I always thought that the megalodons could have somehow survived...but he must be HUGE! It would be so cool to see this guy...(See from a distance, or through a video, of course. blink.gif )

Just as another question, what is a 'Sleeping Shark?' Is that another name for a Megalodon or is it another shark all together? Never heard of it...  

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 04:34 PM

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This 'sleeping shark' is the Megadolon? I've never heard of it before except in perhistoric accounts..


No, the Sleeper is a deep water species of which there is no doubt lives. The post thinks it might be one of those, its GUST that are saying Megalodon because Sleepers arn't thought to get that big.

I think btw the 26 metres thing is nonsense, I beleive its suppost to be 26 ft. And I'm was sure the Whale Shark at 35 ft was suppost to be the largest shark, not the sleeper. huh.gif  

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 04:37 PM

Here's a Link I found on Google, says 25 feet (7.6m) is the largest, with 12 ft being the average, so the 26 metres is definately a missprint.

Whatever that thing done there is, its definately not a Sleeper Shark

Edited by Talon S., 29 July 2004 - 04:37 PM.

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 04:37 PM

I remember seeing on the Discovery Channel once a Sharks tooth that was, well, very big.

Bend your arm. The tooth was the size of your bent arm, from the wrist to the elbow to the shoulder. It was an extinct species but well, what if these species never went extinct, just moved so far down into the ocean that there's no way we can get down that far and see what's there..





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