Science, Tech, Math › Animals & Nature "Megalodon: The New Evidence" - Don't Believe Everything You See Discovery Strikes Again with Made-Up Megalodon "Facts" Share Flipboard Email Print Is Megalodon still alive? Don't count on it (DeviantArt user Wolfman 1967). Animals & Nature Dinosaurs Carnivores Basics Paleontologists Dinosaurs & Birds Herbivores Marine Reptiles Prehistoric Mammals Amphibians Birds Habitat Profiles Mammals Reptiles Wildlife Conservation Insects Marine Life Forestry Evolution View More By Bob Strauss Science Writer B.S., Cornell University Bob Strauss is a science writer and the author of several books, including "The Big Book of What, How and Why" and "A Field Guide to the Dinosaurs of North America." our editorial process Bob Strauss Updated March 17, 2017 Does Megalodon: The New Evidence present a compelling case for the existence of this giant prehistoric shark? If you've just watched the encore of last year's Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives (retitled, for Shark Week 2014, Megalodon: The Extended Cut) you probably haven't gotten your hopes up. Check back here for live updates during the show! 10:00 PM EST: Well, Discovery is sticking with the big lie. Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives is still a documentary, Collin Drake is still a marine biologist, and Megalodon is "still among us." Also, reaction in the scientific community was "mixed," even though no reputable scientist has backed the show. Apparently, the soap opera actor who plays Collin Drake has furiously been pursuing leads for the past year, and Discovery has the temerity to sit him down opposite the show's host as if he's a genuine scientist. 10:03 PM EST: The phrase "Lazarus taxon," as pronounced by "Collin Drake," must have taken quite a bit of rehearsal. No, you can't adduce the existence of Megalodon from the (established fact) that coelacanths still prowl the world's oceans. 10:06 PM EST: "Basically, the documentary got my name out there," says Collin Drake, the only true fact stated on this show so far. Also, cute of Collin to make fun of viewers' obviously photoshopped Megalodon snapshots, in light of Discovery's own photoshop shenanigans. 10:09 PM EST: Jake Shelton, who is he? A quick Google search is unproductive. If anyone has any leads, email me right away at firstname.lastname@example.org. PS, that "enhanced image" of Megalodon chomping a whale is one of the most laughable effects ever seen on "reality" TV. 10:15 PM EST: "New evidence" from Collin Drake, from an unnamed U.S. government agency. A satellite photo near Sao Paolo, Brazil, looks like a giant oil spill. but is actually a swarm of microbes. And look, there's a 70-foot shark right nearby, captured in full (fake) silhouette! U.S. National Geospacial Intelligence Agency (yes, it really exists) media relations liaison Linda Strong weighs in. "it's fun to speculate," she says, but she won't play along with the Megalodon hoax. This one doesn't seem like an actress, she may actually be a genuine person! 10:26 PM EST: The guy who plays Collin Drake, I'm afraid to say, isn't a very good actor. For some reason, he's talking about a whale with a century-old spear embedded in its hide, which seems to be veering a bit off track. But hey, Megalodon was as big as a giant whale, right? 10:30 PM EST: Mirena Malik, who is she? No evidence of her existence in Google. If she's really from the U.S. Geological Survey, she should be fired for sharing a table with Collin Drake and going along with this farce, though admittedly "Collin" is getting better at the scientific jargon. Malik says "Megalodon would be the logical conclusion" from the available evidence, so now I'm thinking actress rather than geologist. 10:35 PM EST: Collin Drake unmasked, thanks to an alert correspondent! He's Darron Meyer, a South African actor, whose profile you can see on IMDB. 10:40 PM EST: It's supposedly someone named Gavin Curring from the "South African Department of Environmental Affairs." Refreshingly, he says Collin Drake is a phony, but not-so-refreshingly he then maintains that that fake South African charter boat disaster was caused by an orca rather than a Megalodon. No such person as Gavin Curring, according to a quick Google search, and the guy is an execrable actor. The depth of the Discovery Channel's duplicity is truly amazing. 10:51 PM EST: Collin Drake was "100 percent" sure he tagged Megalodon last year, but the shark supposedly dove to below 6000 feet. Stunning disclosure: "Maybe it wasn't a Megalodon after all." Drake considered all the options, and using Occam's Razor, he concludes that there are actually...wait for it....two Megalodons, not one, and they're reproducing! 10:55 PM: Martin Isaacs, a researcher and filmmaker for the Australian Marine Biodiversity Project, which doesn't exist. Are you surprised that he agrees with Collin Drake's findings? "Conditions are right for Megalodon to make a comeback." 11:00 PM: Good night, Megalodon. Good night, Collin Drake. I need to take a long shower. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last year, to kick off Shark Week, the Discovery Channel aired one of the most shameful "documentaries" in the history of reality TV: Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives. This two-hour extravaganza starred "marine biologist" Collin Drake, who was actually played by an Australian soap-opera actor, and had the gall to fabricate a fatal fishing-boat disaster off the coast of South Africa as if it were recorded fact. Essentially, the entire show was made up from start to finish--but enough unwary viewers were taken in that today, millions of people believe Megalodon still prowls the world's oceans. (Read my review of this show.) Now it's almost time for Shark Week 2014, and the Discovery Channel is at it again. Here's the blurb from the official website: "In April 2013, a fishing vessel off the coast of South Africa was attacked, killing all on board. A TV crew documented Marine Biologist Collin Drake as he worked to determine the predator responsible. Megalodon: The New Evidence presents Shark Week viewers with shocking new evidence and interview footage."