Passengers look on in horror as a massive 17-foot ‘megalodon’ shark follows a cruise ship full of frightened tourists.
Is this an episode of Jaw’s, or are these giants really just chilling out in the middle of the ocean? Scary enough, the answer is the latter.
Passengers onboard a cruise ship huddle around the edge of the boat in the hope of getting a chance to see a once-in-a-lifetime shark swim in the water below. And while the animal may look scary, the massive fish was minding its own business, just out for a lovely swim.
In the middle of the Atlantic, a musician on board the boat captured a video of the 17-foot shark, said to resemble a massive prehistoric shark, called a megalodon. Alex Albrecht proceeded to upload the video to TikTok. The video highlighted the graceful shark. But despite its calm nature, ship goers screamed in disbelief.
Since being posted on Tuesday, the video has gone viral on social media, gaining more than 30 million views.
From his birds-eye position on the mast, Albrecht simply shouts, “Holy f**k!”
He captioned the video, “Sailed six weeks in the Atlantic saw this big f**king shark.”
Warning: Offensive Language in Video
Sailed six weeks in the atlantic saw this big fucking shark♬ original sound – Alex Albrecht
Viewers flocked to the comment section to share their fear of sharks. Many wrote that the animal resembled the extinct shark, megalodon.
“Isn’t that megalodon?” wrote one user. Another said, “Them standing that close gives me anxiety,” while this person admitted they would not be entering the water today, “Nah, I am scared to jump in god, that is so scary.”
Megalodon Vs Basking Shark
While the shark is massive, it is not even close to megalodon size. According to the Natural History Museum, the megalodon is the largest predator ever to live and is the largest animal ever to patrol the oceans. Before you start to panic, the humongous predator went extinct 3.6 million years ago.
Just how big was this nightmarish fish? Megalodon ranged from around 49 feet to roughly 60 feet.
That’s going to be a no from us.
The shark in the video was not the murderous, bloodthirsty beast from the history books, but a gentle giant. Experts identify this fish as a basking shark. Oceana reports that this type of fish is a filter feeder, taking you off the menu. However, a basking shark can look threatening, growing up to 45 feet long.
That’s a whole lot of plankton.
Unfortunately, the basking shark is an endangered species but is thankfully protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
You might as well jump in and swim with it! Just pretend it’s a whale or a dolphin.