Terrifying 75ft shark ‘The Meg’ made famous in Hollywood blockbuster could STILL exist, fear conspiracy theorists

There are fears that a shark three times bigger that the Great White could really be lurking in the deep, following the release of Hollywood blockbuster The Meg.

The film’s focus is on a giant, terrifying prehistoric shark believed to be long thought extinct, that has emerged to the water’s surface to torture swimmers, sailors and surfers.

In the movie, starring Jason Statham, he and his marine biologist team try to kill the 75-foot long monster in a battle that involves everything from grenades, knives, helicopters and mini-submarines.

However following the film’s release this week, movie goers are wondering if the giant shark is based on a real creature – and if it still exists today.

The megalodon, whose name means big tooth, was indeed real and could accommodate 270 teeth in its mouth.

Jason Statham heads into full-blown action man mode in The Meg

Experts at the Natural History Museum estimate that its bite would span 9 foot by 11 foot — enough to swallow a family car, according to the Daily Mail.

The creatures are thought to have become extinct some two to three million years ago, due to climate change.

Other factors include a decline in prey or due to rival predators such as killer whales.

But over the past century, there have been alleged sightings of the creature, sparking fears that the mega sized shark could still be lurking in the water.

A number of videos have been uploaded online accompanied with titles including “evidence that megalodon is not extinct” and “seven real megalodon sightings caught on camera”.

Conspiracists also believe that they have managed to pinpoint the creature’s lair; the Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific.

The 1,500-mile-long canyon in the Earth’s crust measures more than 35,000 foot deep, which is 6,000 foot greater than Mount Everest and the deepest point in the world’s oceans.

Teeth of the extinct megalodon shark

Believers add that the trench was fully formed more than 1.5 million years ago, which is when megalodon are believed to have disappeared.

It is thought that they have evolved to go deep into hiding instead of being rendered extinct.

Meanwhile, David Stead, an Australian naturalist, reported in 1918 how local fishermen were refusing to go back to sea after a 100 foot long pure white shark demolished their gear and stole their catch.

And even as recently as 2012, shark researchers spoke to a South African fisherman who claimed a huge shark, measuring around the same size as their 40 foot long boat, terrorised the area.

Despite confirmation that the beast did once exist though, experts have rubbished claims that it could still be alive now.

Curator of vertebrate paleobiology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, Hans Sues spoke to the Express about the topic.

Detail of the jaws of a Megalodon shark
Killer jaws: The teeth of the Megalodon are the largest set of prehistoric shark jaws ever assembled

When asked if the shark could have escaped extinction by hiding at the bottom of the ocean he confirmed that it was impossible and went against all research about megalodons based on the fossil record.

He added that even if the giant shark had survived, humans would most definitely know.

Sues said: “We’ve mapped the sea floor and have such advanced sensing technology.

The world’s largest shark the megalodon was wiped out during ‘global extinction event’ around three million years ago

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“We would know if they were there.”

The giant megalodon shark has featured in other films before The Meg, including movies like Shark Attack 3: Megalodon and the Mega Shark series.

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