Staff at SEA LIFE Manchester, are in complete shock and disbelief today, after a pair of supposed reptile eggs being housed at the aquarium’s Jurassic Rangers exhibit hatched two dinosaur sharks.
The two dinosaurs sharks are alleged to be from the Megalodon species, which up-to now were thought to be completely extinct after they were wiped out during the Pleistocene extinction, around 2.6 million years ago.
The Megalodon shark is widely regarded as both the largest shark to have ever lived on Earth and the largest marine predator in the history of the planet.
The eggs in question arrived at the Centre in late January from the Copper Canyon – Aquarium Curators became increasingly more suspicious of the eggs when they began growing at an alarming rate, inconsistent with any growth pattern they had seen before.
Extensive testing was carried out on the eggs to determine their particular species, all of which came back inconclusive. The last measurements of the eggs taken this week, record them both being a staggering 60cm in length, 45cm in height and weighing in at over 5kg!
Dan McLaughlan, Aquarium Curator said “We’re all in a complete state of disbelief, never in my wildest dreams would I expect something like this to happen!
“We were all very shocked at the growth rate of the eggs, but attributed this to them originating from a part of Mexico that we had never dealt with before.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes this morning when they began to hatch. At first look I thought they were great white baby sharks but after some analysis we’ve concluded that they are in-fact Megalodons, which up-to now we believed to be completely extinct, existing only in our interactive dinosaur game!!”
The two baby dinosaur sharks will remain at SEA LIFE Manchester in their own dedicated tank, to ensure the safety of the other residents of the Centre. Plans are already underway for the construction of a new mega tank at the Center to house the prehistoric beasts, as according to research they can grow up-to 40 to 70 feet!