A Chinese delivery of frozen shark fillets had the scientific name ‘Carchrocles megalodon’ on its label. This is obviously a slight misspelling of Carcharocles megalodon, the Megalodon, which is an extinct species of shark that lived millions of years ago. Italian customs authorities rejected the import and the whole consignment of 1.200 kg shark meat was destroyed.
Oops. What is unclear is why this was listed as a species. If it can’t be what they said it is, what is it? Best throw it out. A shame.
Carcharocles megalodon has been in the news recently as Animal Planet aired a special suggesting that the extinct giant shark is still with us. It’s not. But the realism and fake protrayals of scientists and CGI footage convinced many viewers that the monster is out there yet. Once again… IT’S NOT. And don’t say “who knows” because we know. To suggest otherwise is absurd.
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