By R. L. David Jolly
Last week, the Discovery Channel once again aired their famous Shark Week. The week was full of programs about sharks, some new and many reruns. With great commercial advertisement and hype, they kicked off Shark Week with a two hour special on Megalodon.
Megalodon is an extinct shark that measured an estimated 60-70 feet long. Since sharks’ skeletons are made of cartilage, most of the fossil evidence we have of them is their teeth and Megalodon’s teeth are most impressive. I have one that measures nearly 4 inches, but teeth 7 inches are often found, compared to the teeth of a great white shark that only measure up to 3 inches in size.
The Discovery Channel’s Megalodon special was made to appear like a real investigation into a boating disaster along the coast of South Africa that resulted in the disappearance of 4 people. According to the program, they brought in one of the world’s leading experts, Dr. Collin Drake. He is eventually joined by marine biologist Dr. Madelyn Joubert. They believe they have evidence of a shark that measures 60 feet, more than twice as long as the largest great white known. Interestingly, if you do a search for either person, you soon find that they only exist in the Megalodon special.
All through the special, they have a number of supposed experts claiming that Megalodon could not possibly exist today because it went extinct about 2 million years ago. Some stated that there is no evidence that a Megalodon sized shark exists today, but the main reason given was its extinction 2 million years ago.
Interestingly, in the past 100 years, scientists have discovered a number of species that were supposed to have gone extinct many millions of years ago. Probably the most famous is the coelacanth, believed to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago. When it was rediscovered in 1938, it was found to look exactly like the supposed 65 million year old fossil, meaning that it hadn’t change or evolved in all that time.
Another large marine creature thought to have gone extinct millions of years ago is the megamouth shark. However, it was rediscovered in 1976. Since that time, nearly 2 dozen specimens have been sighted, some measuring up to 18 feet long. As if defying evolution, the megamouth shark hasn’t changed one bit from the millions of year old fossil remains.
The pygmy right whale was thought to have gone extinct about 2 million years ago, around the same time as Megalodon. This small whale which can reach a length of 21 feet surprisingly appeared washed up on a beach in 2012. Like the coelacanth and megamouth shark, the pygmy right whale is another shining example of no evolutionary change whatsoever.
So even though Discovery Channel’s special on Megaldon was all fiction, could everyone’s reason for it not possibly existing today still be valid? They all claim that it couldn’t exist because it disappeared 2 million years ago, but then so had the others listed above.
But what if Megalodon existed less than 4,000 years ago? Would they still say that there is no possible way it could be alive today?
Consider that many creation geologists (not all) place the end of the Genesis flood around the geologic layer known at the K/T (Cretaceous/Tertiary) boundary, in evolutionary terms, about 65 million years ago. According to biblical dates and chronology, the Genesis flood ended about 4,361 years ago. Based upon these comparisons, that would place the extinction of Megalodon to less than 2,000 years ago.
Would scientists still be so sure that Megalodon can’t exist today if they knew it was still living less than 2,000 years ago?
I call this learning to think biblically. You start with the Bible and then use it to interpret the facts. Evolutionists do the same thing. They start with their belief in millions of years and use that belief to interpret the facts. The facts are facts. What differs are the interpretations and both sides make their interpretations based upon their beliefs.
I make no apologies letting people know that I base my interpretations upon the inerrant and infallible word of the Creator. I trust you will learn to do the same.
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