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Bob Strauss

Megalodon - The Monster Shark Lives! (Not)

By August 4, 2013

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What can you say about a TV documentary in which the suspiciously good-looking lead protagonist--"marine biologist" Collin Drake--comes up empty in a Google search? Or, for that matter, his equally attractive "marine biologist" pal Madelyn Joubert, who joins him halfway through the show, and whom a cursory web search easily demonstrates not to exist? And, not to belabor the point, a TV show that starts with suspiciously staged-looking video footage of a charter boat capsizing off the coast of South Africa, and no references can be found about this accident (in which three passengers were supposedly killed) from reliable online news sources? I don't know much about charter boats, but I do know that people whose ship is in the process of sinking do not take the trouble to center their subjects on frame.

Welcome to the world of the Discovery Channel and its inaugural Shark Week special, Megalodon - The Monster Shark Lives. I usually steer well clear of Discovery programming, but since I know more about Megalodon than the average person (see my articles 10 Facts About Megalodon and Megalodon vs. Leviathan - Who Wins?) I felt compelled to tune in. I'm shocked that a major TV channel with a supposedly educational purview can get away with this drivel, in which "Collin Drake" (whoever he is in real life) pursues his theory that that charter boat was rammed by a living Megalodon. We're taken through various pieces of "evidence"--sonar sightings, Nazi-era photographs, whale carcasses washed up on the beach--but if Discovery is brazen enough to manufacture its "talking heads" out of whole cloth, what is the point of assessing the reliability of these details?

I don't want to get into a debate about whether real, live Megalodon sharks are prowling the shores of southern Africa--after all, it's impossible to prove a negative, and people will believe what they want to believe. I'm also willing to entertain the teensiest bit of doubt that Collin Drake and Madelyn Joubert are who they say they are (though they certainly look, act and talk unlike any scientists I've ever met in real life.) But I am saddened by the prospect that millions of unsuspecting people allow themselves to be "educated" by the Discovery Channel, which apparently can't stoop low enough to procure its ratings, and doesn't care how many schoolkids it misinforms in the process. Say what you will about Megalodon, but it couldn't help being a soulless, uncaring killing machine--you'd think someone at the supposedly more evolved Discovery Channel would have a conscience!


August 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm
(1) April says:

What a waste of time. I too thought this was a real documentary, nothing initially led me to believe otherwise. I hope Discovery offers an apology or at least credible evidence that these “researchers” exist.

August 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm
(2) jordan says:

I’m with you. The discovery channel did this a few months back with their mermaid episode. This Colin drake looks like some kid from one tree hill. This is pathetic.

August 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm
(3) Mike says:

Exactly! This was the “mermaids” of shark week

August 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm
(4) Katie says:

I agree, I’m in the process of watching this ‘documentary.’ Although an interesting topic, the ‘evidence’ is obviously computerized footage and illustrations. The beached whale was obviously fake as well as others. It’s a shame that the Discovery Channel would stoop as low as to create an artificial show about the Megalodon. I’ve always enjoyed Shark week, but they’ve gone a little far creating a ficticious documentary claiming it as original..

August 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm
(5) AtlasObjectivist says:

The Discovery Channel hits a new low, beyond pathetic. This is what happens when liberal loons take over.

August 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm
(6) Dane says:

This show is 100% DRIVEL. Rubbish. Discovery Channel programming – television equivalent of The National Enquirer.

August 4, 2013 at 11:07 pm
(7) Crubs says:

Yeah Bob, the show was completely fictitious, just like the one mermaid show they had. I’ll tell ya though it was reasonably well done and had me scratching my head for about 2 minutes. You’re absolutely right that its a shame that people will believe this was actually real.
Megalodon isn’t like the coelacanth, it ain’t comin’ back.

August 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm
(8) Mary Ann says:

I’ve been sputtering in INDIGNATION to my adult son over this travesty! So glad to find this article…..I think Discovery should lose their “accreditation” or whatever – glad I don’t have a little one watching and buying all this crap!

August 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm
(9) tracy says:

Very sad. I would like to watch a real documentary about sharks. I am very disapointed in Discovery for this uselessness. This was casted and ridiculous.

August 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(10) teri woodward says:

Collin drake is a actor..this is all fake..

August 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(11) scoot says:

I am deeply disappointed in the Discovery Channel.
There is enough crap and bad journalism on TV.
I really think Discovery Channel needs to apologize to its viewers.

August 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm
(12) John Schlumpf says:

I suppose there’s one born every minute, but I expected more from Discovery Channel. Thank goodness I used the DVR so I didn’t have to watch the commercials!

August 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm
(13) david woodward says:

Collin drake is fake..just looked this guy up don’t exist. .no info on any attack back in 04/13 off that coast of africa in that location..

August 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm
(14) Disturbed says:


August 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm
(15) bill says:

Will someone with TIVO please go back and tell me the sentences that flashed across the bottom of the screen at the end of this show…

August 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm
(16) Justin says:

Discovery Chanel, needs to apologize for that crap! Just like the mermaids body found documentary! If a boat was eaten by “anything” it would be world news meaning everyone would know. Oh what they will do for ratings….

August 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(17) Nancy says:

Apparently the executives at Discovery Channel think shark week viewers who are well informed must be naive too. I guess the “popularity” of Sharknado was reason enough to develop an obviously stupid “documentary”.

August 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(18) Laura says:

So glad I found this. I thought I was going crazy. I had no idea what was real or not and I couldn’t find anything online. I too would like to read the disclaimers at the end of the show if someone could post them.

August 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm
(19) what the sh_t says:

What the crap! You knew this show was BS when they through together the life size whale decoy in a couple of days like they pulled it out of there as_!

August 4, 2013 at 11:34 pm
(20) Jon says:

Seriously terrible…couldn’t find any reference of those “scientists!” Rubbish from the first 5 minutes…wish I could get my time wasted from discovery!

August 4, 2013 at 11:34 pm
(21) Libssucks says:

Typical Discovery/TLC econut crap, fake lies.

August 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm
(22) Mary Ann says:

Sentences at bottom (which flashed by VERY quickly):

None of the institutions or agencies that appear in the film are affiliated with it in any way, nor have approved its contents.

Though certain events and characters in this film have been dramatized, sightings of “Submarine” continue to this day.

Megalodon was a real shark. Legends of giant sharks persist all over the world. There is still a debate about what they may be.

(Only took me ten minutes to get all this, as it flashes by very unobtrusively and quickly in tiny print!)

August 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm
(23) Shark week hater says:

It said – none of the institutions or agencies that appear in the film are affiliated with it in any way, nor have approved its contents

Though certain events and characters in this film have been dramatized, sightings of “submarine” continue to this day.

Megalodon was a real shark. Legends of giant sharks persists all over the world. There is debate on what they may be.

This …. Had me researching looking for facts. Only to realize it was FAKE!!

Totally disappointed!!

August 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm
(24) Kimboxin says:

” None of the institutions or agencies that appear in the film are affiliated with it in anyway, nor have they approved it’s contents.Though certain events and characters in the film have been dramatized, sightings of “submarine” continue to this day.” BOO…Discovery!!! This is garbage. Can’t believe I got suckered in again after the whole “Mermaids” incident. For shame Discovery Channel.

August 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm
(25) Jen V says:

Shameful. I was planning on watching a bunch of Shark Week with my kids this week, but I am forced to boycott the Discovery Channel. I didn’t realize it was totally fake until the host of Shark After Dark was being way too lighthearted concerning the video footage of the people getting killed and got suspicious enough to do some Googling. Lame.

August 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm
(26) evan says:

The comments that flashed at the end of the episode…”none of the institutions or agencies that appear in the film are affiliated with it in anyway, nor have approved its contents. Though certain events and characters in this film have been dramatized, sightings of “submarine” continue to this day. Megalodon was a real shark. Legends of the giant sharks persist all over the world. There is still debate about what they may be. Produced by Pilgrim studios for Discovery Channel.

August 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm
(27) Ben says:

I watched the disclaimers at the end, no mention of the show being made up or fake….nor anything to make you believe that this was the case.

August 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm
(28) Anna says:

I completely agree. As I was watching the supposedly real footage of the fishing boat being attacked, I legitimately thought it was a reenactment, because it seemed so fake. Also, the dramatic way Collin Drake was talking seemed inauthentic and staged. I also tried to look up the boat attack in South Africa, as well as Collin Drake, and couldn’t find anything. It was way too entertaining and suspenseful to have been a real documentary. Too many things happened at the perfect moment, when you least expect it. All in all, it made for entertaining television, but it was obviously fake. It’s kind of annoying that they would try to pass it off as real and expect people to believe it.

August 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm
(29) Such a waste of time says:

It’s not cute or clever to mislead people ever, but as a publicity stunt it’s totally pathetic. Honestly I haven’t watched discovery in years, and I happened to catch the opening of shark week by chance. It was like watching a train wreck. The only thing worse than the fake documentary, is the ridiculous after show banter. This is not funny guys – just idiotic.

August 5, 2013 at 12:10 am
(30) Greg Wright says:

Did anyone else notice that the depth-finder sinking said a constant 50 ft/sec and the actual descending number was about 200ft/sec. I believe the average 50 ft/sec would fluctuate between 48-52 ft over the measurement and not a constant 50. Wrong, wrong. I counted 5 seconds in the 1000ft on the counter which makes it about 250 ft/sec.

Bad, bad, DC should know that DVRs exist and they would be getting creamed by techies and sharkies for at least close to real info.

Alright “Discovery” Channel, you suckered me in to Shark Week. I was really looking forward to something with some scientific merit and not this truth mixed with fiction stuff and messing up my kids. I just spent the last hour extracting this crap from my kids brain, they’re thinking we just made this new enlightening “discovery”. Discovery Channel should be renamed to “Discovery” Channel, in air-quotes. But then again, you’d be saying it’s my fault for expecting something better.

I am inclined to believe “the depths of the sea hold the unknown animals” or “the climate changes are causing the unknown animals to surface and find new territories” … those I can swallow, but I can’t swallow the terrible acting of the “official” marine biologist.

August 5, 2013 at 12:10 am
(31) D Vince says:

I got suckered too! Shame on Disflubbery Channel for this crap! Just Google Collin Drake Marine Biologist or Madeline whatever and find NOTHING!

August 5, 2013 at 12:13 am
(32) seriously?!? says:

How in the WORLD can Discovery channel get away with calling it a “documentary”? Because there are a few facts in it? I am going to make a documentary about the existence of unicorns and their similarities with horses, throw in some real.”horse” facts, and BAM! I’ve got myself a Discovery channel hit!

August 5, 2013 at 12:14 am
(33) Disapointed says:

What a crock of BS. I watched this whole show expecting a real documentary only to find out it is a made up “Dramatization”. Shame on you Discovery Channel!

August 5, 2013 at 12:15 am
(34) carl says:

I’m glad I’m not the only one who was upset by this crap. I look forward to SharkWeek every but this was so pathetic it’s absurd. The moment it started if was clear that the camera and lighting was professionally done. I also looked up this supposed incident and Collin. Nada, way to ruin SharkWeek Discovery!

August 5, 2013 at 12:16 am
(35) Dmitri says:

It was terrible and I changed the channel after 5 mins once I realized it was all a fake documentary much like Mermaids. Shark week is off to a very bad start.

August 5, 2013 at 12:16 am
(36) camille says:

Fake fake fake! Discovery, you have failed me. Time to watch sharkfest on natgeo!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:18 am
(37) Hammerhead says:

You are all wrong. Mermaids do exist! At least they did until Meggy ate them all-in one giant bite.

August 5, 2013 at 12:18 am
(38) John says:

That was really sad . The only thing I have to say is, it appeared that the shark attacked the fake whale, so why didn’t they show the whale. Not to mention ass it happened no cameras were on the whale ?

August 5, 2013 at 12:20 am
(39) Matt says:

Notice how the supposed ship wreck that had taken place the day before at the beginning of the show, shows the ship that obviously had algea growing on it and looked as if it had been underwater for quite awhile…not the day before. And they just happen to find the camera and it somehow still works. Just sad

August 5, 2013 at 12:22 am
(40) Discovery is a fake says:

The only good thing to come out from discovery lately was the shark week comercial with the seal now that was funny as he$& !!!!!!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:22 am
(41) Chris Michaels says:

As soon as I started watching, it seemed like a horrible flashback to “mermaids.” As someone who has been in broadcasting for over 20 years, I was quick to notice that the interviews, “raw footage”, and the like looked incredibly like the “mermaids” fiasco…so much alike that I am almost willing to bet that its the same producers and crew from that show! After all of the hype with the hilarious Snuffy the Seal promo, I was horribly dissapointed.

August 5, 2013 at 12:23 am
(42) Shannon says:

I completely agree with you, as a mom I was really looking forward to watching this with my kids. However after that obviously FAKE C.G.I. footage of the whale carcass washed up, even my 9 year old knew the this was all made up. Now I just need to find some footage on Animal Planet because at least that channel I can believe.

August 5, 2013 at 12:25 am
(43) Greg Wright says:

Now it’s going through my mind watching the other DVR’d episodes, is this real or is this fake. I’m going to have to go to the end of the story and get spoiled all to see the disclaimers to see if it’s fake. “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

August 5, 2013 at 12:28 am
(44) Noel says:

I am very disappointed that I wasted as much time as I did watching this FAUX-documentary on Discovery. The effects were cheesy, & my personal favorite of the night was the bloody chum water, in which the red color was added post production. I, too, searched for a single accident off of the coast of S.A. and there was nothing remotely close to the alleged accident. I’m so disappointed in Discovery Channel for calling this fictional tale a documentary. Read the small print at the very end of the “show”….enough said!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:29 am
(45) Alan says:

Completely Fake the same guy that was in the documentary was asked on the after show was the megladon still around and he said NO! Did anybody catch that? If he’d been thrown out of a shark cage by “something” he should of had a different answer! Complete shame they allow this on TV!

August 5, 2013 at 12:31 am
(46) Me says:

And to think I was looking forward to shark week…and it starts off with a fake documentary! Shame on you discovery channel!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:32 am
(47) lou says:

As a fan of “Shark week” for over 20 years I was hoping the 2013 event would bounce back after a long decline over the past several years. Tonight’s “documentary” was the worst platter of garbage Discovery aired second only to the mermaids nonsense. I’m saddened that the pursuit ratings has cheapness what used to be an informative and highly entertaining week of programming about sharks with real scientists. Tonight’s documentary was like watching those paranormal buttons or fools looking for Bigfoot or The Loch Ness monster. I can’t believe how truely disappointed I am.

August 5, 2013 at 12:33 am
(48) Sarah says:

Wow… I didn’t even get past the opening footage of the fishing vessel going down before I started to try and google the incident. I even flipped back to the info to check if it said documentary or docudrama! Glad I wont be wasting my time watching the rest of this garbage! Thanks for nothing Discovery!

August 5, 2013 at 12:33 am
(49) Bob Collins says:

Discovery Channel you suck!!! Are you afraid of really working with real facts!! I will no longer be watching discovery channel!!!!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:34 am
(50) Danielle says:

I am very upset by this episode. I honestly thought it was real. I did not see the “Mermaids” show everyone is talking about, so honestly, I had no idea that these “news reports” and such in this show were fake. I really think that DC needs to apologize to its viewers for this. I was totally duped, and I am very upset with Shark Week.

August 5, 2013 at 12:35 am
(51) Ray says:

I looked into this as well, I can’t seem to find any reports from april 2013 of a fishing vessel sinking off of the south African coast with the deaths of 6 people. something isn’t right at all

August 5, 2013 at 12:35 am
(52) Wayne says:

Did anyone else realize that if all the people on the boat died , then how by the next day did they know (before divers supposedly dived down to wreck) how the boat was sunk guess the discovery ghosts told them something breached pn the boat discovery ch. Sucks.

August 5, 2013 at 12:38 am
(53) maybe says:

I’m guessing that the tickle show is also a scripted reality show.

August 5, 2013 at 12:38 am
(54) Jason says:

What a waste of time! The real thing is interesting enough, so why sully Shark Week with such a sham?

August 5, 2013 at 12:38 am
(55) Lame attempt DC says:

Shark Week has jumped the shark.

August 5, 2013 at 12:39 am
(56) Jennifer Nicoletto says:

What a joke….who owns the Discovery Channel these days?

August 5, 2013 at 12:40 am
(57) Megalodon Johnson says:

What a crock of sheet. Fake as can be. They need to apologize to all shark week fans.

I thought I saw a Sasquatch on the background of one of the clips. And why would a shark bite the tail of a whale off, yet let the rest of the carcass float to shore=total BS!

August 5, 2013 at 12:40 am
(58) Jenny B says:

The Discovery Channel has officially jumped the shark with this one!! Ayyyyyyy!!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:40 am
(59) Tarek says:

Shame on Discovery. Shame, shame , shame.

August 5, 2013 at 12:40 am
(60) Eli says:

Discovery has some nerve! I, too, found the “raw footage” suspicious. I looked up the boat accident but, as you said, nothing turns up. I looked up Colin as well. Just ridiculous, horribly acted garbage. The real stuff is so much more interesting.

August 5, 2013 at 12:40 am
(61) Flipper says:

Lighten up. It’s a fun watch. Libtards…they have lost their imaginations…WOOOHOOO !!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:41 am
(62) scifi on dc says:

i expect this kind of crap on the syfy channel

August 5, 2013 at 12:41 am
(63) Shannon says:

Geeeeeeeez……I fell for DC’s junk tv AGAIN. If we wanted to watch a MOVIE, we’d make a REDBOX run!! Live up to your name DISCOVERY CHANNEL and go discover!

August 5, 2013 at 12:41 am
(64) Bull Shark says:

I like my science from the discovery channel. I like my science fiction from the SyFy channel. Sbark week is becomming like the Cubs. You’re excited about the new season till the first game.

August 5, 2013 at 12:43 am
(65) David says:

This is very much a bunch of Bullocks!

August 5, 2013 at 12:44 am
(66) DragonRise1 says:

Um, so it was fake? Why get pissed about it? You can tell it’s fake from most of the staging and such. An online description even calls it a scenario. I was entertained by it. I believe that means it accomplished it’s job. I believe that it’s ok to do a fake show every now and then, otherwise it’d get boring watching the same things repeatedly. Besides, there’s going to be more than one special during the week. If you are going to stop watching an entire network because of one show, then you’re being quite childish. Why don’t you just ignore that one show? I’m just giving my two cents. If I get chewed out by everyone, so be it. At least I can separate fiction from reality.

August 5, 2013 at 12:46 am
(67) Mark says:

Funny, that the truth came out in an Internet search!! Discovery owes me 2 hours if my life back

August 5, 2013 at 12:51 am
(68) Keith says:

Did Discovery also produce that show on mermaids?

August 5, 2013 at 12:52 am
(69) aftershow host says:

the shark after dark host mentioned the footage looking like the blair witch project. i missed the beginning of the show. wish i would have seen the initial attack.

August 5, 2013 at 12:52 am
(70) Tom says:

I think that Discovery Channel should be ashamed of itself for putting on such a piece of crap show like this. Completely fake in every regard and made out to be real. Shark week is for me, an educational experience as well and an entertaining experience and this show just diminished the whole thing for me. Discovery has become the National Enquirer of cable TV.

August 5, 2013 at 12:53 am
(71) DPCinLWR says:

Now I wonder if Nik Wallenda really crossed the Grand Canyon. Hmmmm?

August 5, 2013 at 12:53 am
(72) Laura says:

Agreed !! What ever happened to the discovery channel’s focus on educating?? It is tragic that they have abandoned factual shows for these “documentaries” in an attempt to boost ratings. The problem with them is that there are people who will believe that because it is on discovery it is true.

August 5, 2013 at 12:55 am
(73) That one guy says:

War of the Worlds was fake too…get a sense of humor people!

August 5, 2013 at 12:56 am
(74) Bill says:

I’m pretty proud that DragonRise1 is able to differentiate real from fake, it’s definitely an accomplishment one should brag about at the end of a post.

Anyway, what a disappointment from Discovery…I think it’s pretty sad that the show was passes off as being real. I have no issue with them wanting to make a fiction film, but don’t try and pass it off as real for 2 hours, it’s just dishonest.

August 5, 2013 at 12:56 am
(75) DragonRise1 says:

Also, to Bob Strauss, why are you acting like kids solely rely on the discovery channel for their education? You do realize that there are these things called teachers and parents, who can notify children of what is fake and what’s real, right? Plus, eventually these children will come to realize that certain things are fake on their own. But apparently most of the comments gave been made by people who are incapable of realizing that not everything on tv is real. And before people start saying that discovery channel shows should be real: Who says so? Since when are they obligated to solely produce educational programming? Again, just my thoughts.

August 5, 2013 at 12:57 am
(76) angry mammal says:

What a shame…such a terrible faux-documentary! My personal favorite was the CGI bloody water, and the crappy evidence that my 4 year old could create on Photoshop! And we are supposed to believe that if there is only 1 of these in our vast oceans, that these goobers would just put out a distressed whale call and some chum and this prehistoric giant would just happen to show up, just like he popped up for a photo opp during WW2 next to a Nazi Submarine. Yes, that’s right, and I have a pet Dodo Bird….WOW! Annoyed with Discovery Channel for hoping we are all so gullible! Shame!

August 5, 2013 at 12:57 am
(77) Mr B says:

How can this not be real? Here are some other forms of entertainment that are surely factual: Blair Witch Project, an amateur video about witches; Jack Links beef jerky commercials where Big Foot is teased and bullied; the Tea Party’s conservative agenda, and the totally real Real Housewives.

Damn you Discovery Channel!! Damn you all to hell!!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:58 am
(78) Ralley says:

Discuss in HC what happened to real tv phony television should not be allowed on History channel , this is the second time they deceived watchers , no more fake HC for me .

August 5, 2013 at 12:58 am
(79) I don't think so... says:

What a pile of cr*p! Pathetic. I was a regular Discovery viewer and have been totally turned off. After the mermaid BS, I stopped watching but was brought back in by the Mythbusters. I typically enjoy Shark Week but not this irresponsible programming. Fictionalized garbage. No more….well maybe Mythbusters. :) But seriously, why trust a channel that supposedly presents documentary programming when you can’t trust the validity of their programming? I don’t watch the SyFy channel because I have little to no interest in fictionalized garbage. I will be more careful in my choices of viewing in the future.

August 5, 2013 at 12:59 am
(80) Phil says:

Realizing the ridiculousness of the video footage during the boat “attack”, attempting to find a single mention of the incident came up with nothing online. I did find an article from the guardian about a man attacked three times and killed by what onlookers claim as a dinosaur sized shark, on the coast of Cape Town. But that’s it, no sunken fishing vessel in Hout Bay. Used to love shark week, I guess they couldn’t keep up with real footage and had to start manufacturing footage. Shame.

August 5, 2013 at 12:59 am
(81) Jamie Dobbs says:

I think the Discovery Channel, and anyone involved in this show, should be ashamed of themselves. This is making a mockery of science. But when something like that faux mermaid show gets so many watches…

I made this point on Facebook, but they may as well have aired Jaws in place of this mockumentary. Honestly, Jaws would have been more credible as it’s inspiration from actual events.

I’ve always loved watching Shark Week, and look forward to it for a month or so prior when I realize it’s approaching. But this show completely deflated my enthusiasm.

As a journalism graduate, it truly upsets me that this is becoming an accepted practice. There are legal consequences if I manufacture this type of story; but here it’s given a spot on the first night of Shark Week 2013.

The only good thing about this show is that it at least provided information on megalodon. But when you’re coupling that to a fake story of it’s continued existence, every fact presented has to be viewed with skepticism.

I guess the education on the Discovery Channel these day involves creative scriptwriting. I wonder how cut-throat the casting was among the various actors up for parts in this project.

Hopefully this is a trend that dies with this show. It only increases the doubt in what ever else the network presents, simply by airing this one project known to be fake.

August 5, 2013 at 12:59 am
(82) Johnny says:

As someone who not only grew up watching Shark Week, but also strongly believes in the possibility of the Megalodon or an extremely large species of shark existing today, I am highly disappointed by this.

I remember asking my mother if I could stay up late so I could see Shark Week when I was younger. As life got busier, I never could find the time to catch it, and this year was the first since childhood that I’d actually made an effort to watch. So to see something so unprofessional and insulting actually start off Shark Week hurts.

It will be hard for me to watch any more of Shark Week now.

August 5, 2013 at 1:01 am
(83) Robert says:

This doc is pathetic! As a life long surfer and diver I believe if Megalodon existed we would have more creditable sightings and or information. I’m going back to Squidbillies… Aloha

August 5, 2013 at 1:02 am
(84) Jordan says:

It’s clear this Drake character is an Aussie actor. His accent comes through MANY times.

August 5, 2013 at 1:03 am
(85) Lindsey says:

The minute this show began I thought this is just like the animal planets mermaids. I am really disappointed that discovery has aired something so ridiculous. I have always enjoyed watching shark week. I love to hear about any new discoveries, but this is completely nonsense. To try to pass it off as a real documentary is what I am most disappointed about.

Discovery has reached a new low. I am very disappointed in the network.

August 5, 2013 at 1:03 am
(86) Justmom says:

As a Mother who has been watching Discovery Channel’s shark week every year with my family for many years…I am absolutely mortified watching the downfall of “real science television” on Discovery Channel with Shark Week! We, as viewers, should be informed BEFORE the show that it is A FAKE DOCUMENTARY WITH ACTORS and NOT A REAL EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTARY with real scientists…esp when its on a channel like Discovery!


As every year, my family and I had been waiting all summer for the Shark Week kick off premiere…and wow, what a mega disappointment! My kids were so affected by this supposed real Megalodon Documentary– that they are sleeping in sleeping bags in my room tonight! I spent a LONG time discussing and trying to comfort and reassure them as to why I thought this was all made up….and I am so glad to of found this website! I couldn’t find any info on Internet about boat wreck…and now the fake scientists were actors! The after show commentators, dialogue, it was confusing and awful…I just shut it off at first commercial…Ugh!!! I feel like Discovery Channel just slapped me in the face! We will be watching the other channel’s Shark programming this week instead (and every year forward) is it on Nat Geo?).. Bye bye Discovery! I am very, very, very insulted…

August 5, 2013 at 1:04 am
(87) Jamie says:

I usually can’t wait for shark week. I love Great White Sharks and I look forward to the new footage each year. I am of the opinion that there is a small chance that there is a Megalodon still alive somewhere in the world. I think anything is possible. Therefore I was super excited for this premiere episode of shark week. From the word GO I was disappointed. I am so disappointed. I don’t think I will ever watch Shark Week again. The Discovery Channel should be ashamed of themselves. They discredited themselves, marine biologists, and shark research in general. They could have used their time to educate and instead chose cheap tricks to get viewers. Not Cool :(

August 5, 2013 at 1:04 am
(88) Frank says:

Damn, I’m guessing that cool picture of the giant shark and the nazi u-boat was fake too? How can they get away with this garbage?

August 5, 2013 at 1:05 am
(89) Charles Fiske says:

I am not going to say that I believed everything that was in that documentary. But just because you know a lot about Megalodons and have met scientists doesn’t mean there was no investigation behind this. The divers who looked for the ships remains found the camera they used and restored the footage. However, it was obviously going to be a reenactment of what actually happened. I researched the accident, and on April 13, 2013, a shark expedition boat went out and dropped anchor at ten a.m. The water seemed clear enough, but a freak wave caused a large wake (unlikely) or something of a large organism. There were two Americans and one Norwegian man killed while 16 were rescued. However, all three bodies were found. I do believe it could be out there, they may have even encountered it, I don’t know. But I can be certain the original attack was just a freak wave off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.

August 5, 2013 at 1:05 am
(90) Laura says:

The problem with it being fake is that there are a lot of people who watch channels like discovery to learn and they will believe this crap just because it is on discovery. I really love learning about sharks, this stuff just defeats the purpose!

August 5, 2013 at 1:06 am
(91) Marni says:

I’m mad too! I thought this seemed fake! So I read the info for the show & it said it was a documentary. So I kept watching because I thought if it was dramatized it couldn’t be labeled a documentary. Then at the end when all the words flashed by super fast I paused & read them & then I was really suspicious!! That’s when I came upon this article. Stupid Discovery!!!

August 5, 2013 at 1:06 am
(92) hueybomb says:

What a fake..the attack at dark was obviously staged,i mean bad overacting and whats with the explosions by the fake whale and the cage?! No wonder they did it at night,so u can’t see the all the props they set u…man was i upset i wasted two hours of my life getting dumber..save the sci fi for the sci fi channel!!!!!!!! Come on….you guys are better than that..aren’t u?? Not!! And the mermaid show blew too!!-

August 5, 2013 at 1:07 am
(93) Rally says:

boycott ,sick to my stomach

August 5, 2013 at 1:08 am
(94) angry mammal says:

Dragonrise1 works for DC.

That is just my opinion. :-)

Make a fictional film for entertainment & ratings, that’s fine, just don’t lie to your viewers and call it a “documentary”. If its a pig call it a pig….not a documentary on DC. Ayyyyy!

August 5, 2013 at 1:08 am
(95) Journey b says:

Did they ever explain how they got camera footage from the boat that sunk at the beginning? This show was so obviously fake and the “scientists” were actors. Isn’t it “completely” that the camera shot “isn’t working” at the end when the Megalodon supposedly attacks the fake whale and diver cage. Very disappointed in Discovery Channel!

August 5, 2013 at 1:09 am
(96) Collin Drake says:

Hi, Collin Drake here…you might remember me from such films as Megalodon: The Monster Shark…I tried out for SharkNado but…Ian Ziering beat me out…he was pretty great on 90210, and he has beautiful eyes, and wow the intensity of his acting ability, it’s almost as good as Tara Reid’s.

Anyway is like to apology for this terrible movie…I needed to make rent and decided to play a marine biologist, albeit pretty terrible too…if this acting thing doesn’t pan out I might have a career in chumming…I guess it’ll depend on the reaction to Megalodon: The Monster Shark #HopingForAnEmmy

August 5, 2013 at 1:09 am
(97) Tom says:

So disappointing! I tuned in for the first 5 minutes and thought the cinematography looked odd. The “scientist” Collin Drake should be playing someones rich spoiled older son on a soap opera. That would be more believable.

August 5, 2013 at 1:10 am
(98) Joe in Hawaii says:

I live in Hawaii. That beach with the whale (that they say is Hawaii) doesn’t look like a Hawaiian beach. Besides, if that happened , the media would be all over it.

Shame shame Discovery!

August 5, 2013 at 1:10 am
(99) Katie says:

I look forward to shark week every year and the fact that my little brothers can see that it’s fake footage is just sad. Since there were no shark attacks in the past few years they feel they need to bring back the megaladon. It’s pathetic

August 5, 2013 at 1:11 am
(100) Williams says:

Thought this was an actual scientific documentary needless to say I was sorely mistaken. Big network + huge ratings equals poor quality programs. I’d like to see an actual group of known marine biologists commenting on the possibility of a real Megaladon exsisting or rather debunking it through research. I’m more of a skeptic after watching the program.

August 5, 2013 at 1:12 am
(101) Brian H. says:

New low for discovery channel, what a piece of $h@t

August 5, 2013 at 1:13 am
(102) James says:

I’m sad that the discovery channel would use the words “fact” and “evidence” to label artifacts that they have obviously created. None of this documentary could ever be considered fact. I enjoy a good fictionally story, as long as it’s not wrapped up and portrayed as fact. Given what I have seen from the discovery channel regarding this show, I will question every show I see on this channel, and assume they are BS. Probably not what they want.

August 5, 2013 at 1:13 am
(103) Mr B says:

Boycott, shame, anger…oh, my! Libtards and Repulicants unite! After we stop by Frankenstein’s Castle (totally real), we should head off to our local aquariums, zoos, fish hatcheries, marine sanctuaries and oceans and kill every single shark we can find. It’s obvious all of these cold blooded killers, and those not so cold blooded and not so killerable were in on this with Discovery Channel.


August 5, 2013 at 1:14 am
(104) Sera says:

Also while they were talking about the Brazilian Coast Guard footage the pilots name was D. MelE and on his “uniform” it read D. MelO. Weird?

August 5, 2013 at 1:14 am
(105) J.C. Williams says:

It is a shame that the Discovery Channel cannot find enough in the natural world to produce documentaries about, without resorting to making fake documentaries with fake experts and evidence. The biggest problem I have with this sort of “Mermaids” and “Megalodon” programming, is that Discovery and Animal Planet made no effort to let people know that it was all fantasy, they are attempting to pass this off as real if you are dumb enough to fall for it. You would also think that when making this ridiculous film, that Discovery would know that Megalodon did not reach lengths anywhere near 100 feet, they are hijacking science to make fake documentaries, to “entertain” morons.

August 5, 2013 at 1:16 am
(106) Alan says:

I’m still waiting for Honey Booboo to weigh in….

August 5, 2013 at 1:16 am
(107) MNKim says:

I felt like I was watching an extraordinarily long “Lost Tapes” episode; I don’t mind the speculation that Megalodon, or something like it, may exist, I just don’t appreciate being subjugated to it under false pretenses.

August 5, 2013 at 1:17 am
(108) Rick says:

I am too am saddened to see the Discovery Channel has stooped so low as to fake documentaries. I have always enjoyed watching documentaries on real discoveries, its so much more entertaining knowing that something that was once thought fantastic or unbelievable is in fact a reality. it’s bad enough that most reality TV is staged, now our documentaries are too.

August 5, 2013 at 1:18 am
(109) Rato Tomic says:

If we chum, it will come
-Collin Drake-
Hahahahahaha what a joke

August 5, 2013 at 1:20 am
(110) Ted says:

SO disappointed at Discovery. This after the same type of ridiculous documentary about mermaids. They are tarnishing the great achievement the channel has accomplished with their stunning photography series (sorry, can’t remember their names).

Previous to this, I thought of Discover as an alternate National Geographic with great shows about nature and how it works and what happens in nature. Not this trash that they try to push on people as real. If you’re going to do a “what if” type of program, then TELL PEOPLE. Otherwise, I’m going to start to question EVERYTHING that Discover puts on the air.

Discovery, leave the crappy “D” movies to SyFy. You are above this!

August 5, 2013 at 1:21 am
(111) Charles Fiske says:

I did some extra research, 8 days before the freak wave hit the shark diving boat. There WAS actually a charter fishing boat capsized that night, but not by a wave. The boat remains are still at the ocean floor. It is still up to debate on what happened. Also background info on Collin Drake. He is actually a credible marine biologist. He has done research in places like the Bahamas and Galapagos Islands.

August 5, 2013 at 1:22 am
(112) Netherlands says:

Discovery also produced and aired the mermaids documentary… Same contrived, obvious fake. As a fan of shark week… Discovery channel… You have officially “jumped the shark”… Please stop assuming you viewers are idiots who can’t tell truth from fiction.

August 5, 2013 at 1:22 am
(113) Anthony Ingalls says:

The Discovery Channel used to one of the rare education-based channels that I enjoyed. No they are making fake and pointless documentaries that severely undermine the integrity of the network. The might as well be MTV now. Naked & Afraid is another orchestrated series. What a shame. Maybe this is not a shark at all… Maybe there are still Nazi U boats fighting WWII… Maybe crazed ghost Nazi’s destroyed that fishing boat!

August 5, 2013 at 1:23 am
(114) Jeff says:

I trusted the credibility of Shark Week enough to the point where I told my wife she needs to come see this! She laughed…then we hit the net.

Enough is enough with these “Docudramas”!!!!! It’s like our food…we want the REAL stuff!

I’m boycotting Discovery until they fire their board and executives and get their sh*t together…we’re not idiots guys!

August 5, 2013 at 1:23 am
(115) shah khan says:

People, people….people are more interested in lies than truth….and when you live in a capitalistic society where money has the most value, then you should not be surprised to see good channels go bad for the sake of rating…tsk…tsk I find it hilarious that people get upset about this, when this is just a natural progression in a a world where morality ha always been secondary to the all mighty currency (whatever that may be at any given time in history-which only repeats itself…i digress)

August 5, 2013 at 1:24 am
(116) Pauly says:

To CHARLES FISKE…please give your references to these boat incidents and Collin Drake…I smell a troll!

August 5, 2013 at 1:26 am
(117) DK says:

Can’t believe there was a countdown for this. Shame on you Discovery Channel. I looked forward to shark week but now you’re down there with all the other TV garbage. Glad my cable is free.

August 5, 2013 at 1:27 am
(118) woody says:

my poor mom was duped by the mermaid thing. she thought it was real. i almost got duped by this megalodon episode. i think colin drake did star in a one tree hill episode. he looks so familiar. i hate when they do this. at least for the mermaid shows the show genre said science fiction. this megalodon doesnt. it actually says interest which means they r trying to push this off as real.

August 5, 2013 at 1:28 am
(119) Larry says:

I totally agree with you. As a matter of fact, within the first 5 minutes, I could tell this was nothing but a “Fake Reality Show”.

I have searched, and searched online and there’s not a single evidence of any fishing vessels ever attacked by shark or any other type of creature from the sea.

I searched even the local prime newspapers in South Africa archives nothing. What a hoax

This is nothing but An inflatable flying source hoax. Do you all remember that one

August 5, 2013 at 1:28 am
(120) Roy says:

Why is everyone so upset. Come on it was entertaining. It sounds like everyone is upset because you wanted it to be real. Honestly it was meant to be enjoyed if the scientific community really felt a monster of this size still existed you would see it all over CNN not on discovery during shark week. Have some fun guys geez

August 5, 2013 at 1:28 am
(121) Amanda says:

I think this was the last straw for me. I cannot believe that Discovery would once again broadcast a fake documentary. What has education come to in this country? I can’t imagine the kids out there that are curious about dinosaurs and sharks and watch this. We are teaching false information. I think we are hitting a new low. I can’t believe that after the backlash Discovery received from the Mermaids “documentary” that they continue to create fake documentaries. I am officially done with the Discovery channel. Shark week hasn’t even begun yet and it’s over for me forever. I can’t believe anything I see on this channel any longer. It’s all about money for them and they clearly have no integrity or an ounce of care for education.
Shame on you Discovery Channel. I can’t wait till you try to regain the public’s confidence in your programming and are unable because people are tired of watching shows pushing false information and calling them documentaries.
Well, one less channel that I have to wonder what interesting program I am missing.
Shark week is dead and so is Discovery. It’s really too bad, I think a lot of people feel that this channel had a lot going for it.

August 5, 2013 at 1:28 am
(122) shah khan says:

People, people….people are more interested in lies than truth….and when you live in a capitalistic society where money has the most value, then you should not be surprised to see good channels go bad for the sake of rating…tsk…tsk I find it hilarious that people get upset about this, when this is just a natural progression in a a world where morality has always been secondary to the all mighty currency (whatever that may be at any given time in history-which only repeats itself…i digress)

August 5, 2013 at 1:29 am
(123) name says:

Watch some shows about government conspiracy theories.. not saying that this show was real but it will make you think twice about how people try to get information out to the public before the government shuts them down because they have already found what is unknown to us!

August 5, 2013 at 1:29 am
(124) Texan says:

As a business owner I know first hand the consequences of having employees make poor decisions that reflect negatively on your business. Discovery should immediately fire the individual who thought this was a good idea and offer a sincere apology. Then follow that up by never intentionally misleading viewers again.

August 5, 2013 at 1:30 am
(125) blackielawless says:

This wasn’t meant to be real. They took a different approach to teaching about the megalodon. Honestly it was very informative about what megalodon was and everything about the creature. They made it interesting by making it appear like these events were really occurring and added suspense and the thought that it might still be alive captivated viewers. A WAY better approach to teaching about megalodon than the same old boring info docu that has been done a thousand times. Get with it. They aren’t that dumb to think they can get away with passing this off as real, and once again, it was never meant to be real.. only to inform in an interesting way that keeps the viewers attention.

August 5, 2013 at 1:30 am
(126) Dan says:

Unlike the overwhelming majority of you who believe this mocumentary is “rubbish” , “harmful to the youth” or even “liberal garbage”, I can’t comprehend the notion that this is even remotely biased, dangerous, or deserving of a public apology. Shark Week is not only supposed to be educational but also entertaining, and in that aspect it certainly excels. If you’re a concerned parent then better
monitor what your children are watching (simple solution), but in what sense does the discovery channel owe an apology for a very blatantly dramatized program?

August 5, 2013 at 1:32 am
(127) angry mammal says:

If DC wasn’t trying to lie to its viewers then they could have easily introduced the bald actor known as “Mike” as an ACTOR on the live after show, rather than a shark enthusiast/biologist. What a crock! Whats next? A docu-drama about real zombies living in South Africa and eating the last-known Megalodon in the apocalypse?! Hey, there’s an idea for ya, DC! Mermaids, Dinosaurs, and tooth fairies, OH MY!

August 5, 2013 at 1:32 am
(128) Chris says:

Discovery is killing the credibility of the word “documentary”. Not only does it hurt the channel but it also hurts anyone else who want to produce and disturbate an actual documentary. This was just another round of false advertisement from the Discovery Channel

August 5, 2013 at 1:33 am
(129) Dave says:

Watch natgeo wild they have sharkfest!!!!

August 5, 2013 at 1:33 am
(130) Donna says:

Sadly my husband and I had a bet to see if this was real or fake, I lost and I’m not happy. lol Wish they wouldn’t put docudramas on the discovery channel. There were enough shark attacks to actually have something real on shark week. It’s their way of pushing global warming. What a shame.

August 5, 2013 at 1:33 am
(131) Charles Austin Miller says:

I knew this stupid “documentary” was fake from the opening scenes featuring the “candid” footage of a fishing boat under attack at night… Like a J.J. Abrams’ monster flick, somebody manages to maintain exquisite control of an amateur video cam and capture BEAUTY SHOTS of the fishing boat “under attack,” complete with frantic passengers lurching about the deck wearing horrified expressions. This “candid” videography is way too professional, and the “candid” footage seems utterly scripted.

For another thing, the supposedly consumer-grade videos feature PERFECT focus at all depths of field, even at NIGHT under high-contrast lighting conditions — indicating that they are NOT consumer-grade video cams at all, but highly professional camera rigs in the tens-of-thousands-of-dollars price range. Which you DO NOT take with you on a leisurely amateur fishing trip; unless, of course, the Discovery Channel is paying for and staging the “amateur” fishing trip.

After the opening scenes, I knew we were dealing with yet ANOTHER “Mermaids: The Body Found” mockumentary. So much for Science, eh?

August 5, 2013 at 1:35 am
(132) Cassandra says:

I am curious as to how the footage that the show opened with of the folks on the boat supposedly attacked by the megalodon even survived being underwater or how the camera was even located. It’s doubtful the camera was just sitting on the deck of the sunken wreckage….

August 5, 2013 at 1:35 am
(133) I'm so dissapointed says:

I cannot believe this is how The Discovery Channel starts what is supposed to be a week of educational television, with two hours of complete BS! I hope the news channels or someone who has a platform to reach out to the public will speak out for all of us who have been duped into thinking we are watching a documentary. And what about all of our children out there who are watching this and don’t know any better and believe every bit of this. I am so angry about this!!!!

August 5, 2013 at 1:35 am
(134) Nick says:

I to did some internet research and found nothing of the ship wreck or Colin but I did find that Dr. Bretton W. Kent ( appears 40 minutes in) does exist and is who they say at the university of Maryland. It was weird though that I found his name sometimes with a W. and sometimes a K., even with sites that are connected directly to the university. bkent@umd.edu

August 5, 2013 at 1:37 am
(135) Really says:

Used to think discovery was a legit educational/informative station. They are BS and I will not watch it any more.

Bottom line they are insulting the intelligence of a nation.

August 5, 2013 at 1:39 am
(136) F'n Serious says:

“We aim to tag and track Megalodon because the ultimate goal here is to keep people safe.”

Well Mr. Drake, it is good to know that there are people like you out there doing your part to keep mankind safe. I am hopeful that you do tag a Megalodon so that humans will be safe for another 130,000 years. It would be an absolute tragedy for anyone to become the first victim in the history of mankind to become a meal for a creature that last appeared in the fossil record almost two million years ago.

And since we know the Megalodon are fierce man eating predators (though never having tasted one) then no man is safe in the water, even though there has never been a recorded attack on mankind, Homo-Sapien, Erectus, or any other Hominidae. You Sir, are doing your part to keep us all safe and deserve some sort of award. Thank God you are out there keeping us safe. I for one, feel at peace now knowing my chances of being consumed by this incredible beast is lower because of your willingness to take the creature head on.

Now if you can do something about those pesky Sand Sharks, Sharknados, Two-Headed Sharks, PirahnaSharks, and MegalaPirahnaNecroPyroAnaconadons I would greatly appreciate it. Truly. I mean, I’m scared to death to leave my house in Nevada for fear I may be eaten alive by one of these beasts.


ps: I can’t tell the difference between SyFy and Discovery anymore…

August 5, 2013 at 1:40 am
(137) Just The Facts says:

Discovery has achieved what they set out to do – create controversy and therefore ratings by blurring the line between reality and entertainment. By doing so, however, they have now slipped into the murky realm of other quasi-reality shows and have utterly destroyed any credibility to which they might have been precariously clinging. Next week, “Real Housewives of Megalodons”…

August 5, 2013 at 1:41 am
(138) Mommamia says:

NAT GEO “Shark Fest” all the way! Their shows are like the old Discovery Channel…I love the Ocearch Scientists…they are doing great things to improve the image of sharks…especially with our youth! Love their shark tracker website!

Too bad…just when we were starting to love sharks (with a healthy respect of course)…I don’t think my little ones will be getting into the water again after this fake mockudocumentary…

August 5, 2013 at 1:41 am
(139) Chris says:

What a travesty! I couldn’t be more disappointed in the Discovery for this fake piece of, we’ll, you know. My 11 year old son realized it was fake before we reached the 20 minute mark.
Since when does the Discovery Channel farm out its work to The SyFy Channel?

August 5, 2013 at 1:42 am
(140) Chris Morris says:

Apparently, The Discovery Channel did a good job at hoodwinking a great number of people, including myself, into believing that this was a real documentary. Furthermore, despite the fact that we live in a world that has the internet & numerous search sites to corroborate the existence of those depicted in the show, I think that we could at least say that they have a pretty good production staff.

August 5, 2013 at 1:43 am
(141) Matt from South Jersey says:

Obviously there is a pattern here… EVERYONE that posted above this wants facts and valid educational material. We want to learn and DISCOVER the unknown. Not to watch a pile of made up crap! And what was with the after dark show,,, really?!!! That was even more crap!! The only way Discovery channel can make up for this crap is to clone a damn Dino or find a real Megalodon,,, and I am not talking about Opray Winfrey taking a swim out in the Pacific with some fake fangs in her mouth either! CRAP!

August 5, 2013 at 1:44 am
(142) Charles Austin Miller says:

For those of you dimwits defending the Discovery Channel’s blatant fraud and fakery, consider that Discovery Communications International (DCI) describes all its programming as “NON-FICTION”:

“DCI both produces original television programming and acquires content from producers worldwide. This non-fiction programming is offered through DCI’s 28 network entertainment brands, including Discovery Channel, Military Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Fit & Health, and a family of digital channels.”

Non-fiction programming, indeed. Between Mermaids and Megalodon, Discovery has totally blown its “non-fiction” credibility.

August 5, 2013 at 1:45 am
(143) Neenah Rudd says:

Thank goodness PBS and BBC and NHK still exist with their REAL nature/science programs. Watching Animal Planet and Discovery go over to the dark side is like watching the birth of a corrupt politician. The bottom line is that there are more people who comprehend Honey Boo Boo than a real science program, so they are going to make shows that draw the larger audience. America is in trouble.

August 5, 2013 at 1:46 am
(144) vintagefangirl says:

One of the most telling hints that this was a mocumentary was that the precipitating event occurred in early April 2013 and they gathered a crew, made a fake whale, filmed, edited and sold this in time for an August showing. 4 months? Syfy channel anyone?

August 5, 2013 at 1:46 am
(145) Kris says:

This Collin Drake guy looks a lot like an actor on Days of our Lives. He plays Chad Dimera. His name is Casey Deidrick.

August 5, 2013 at 1:48 am
(146) Disappointed says:

Very disappointed in the Discovery Channel.
As I’m watching the show .. I also have searched google on questions about this town, boat accident .. Etc, etc
I don’t ever remember hearing anything about a whale washed up in Hawaii & I live in Hawaii . Haven’t looked that up yet . I gave up !
Very Disappointed ….

August 5, 2013 at 1:49 am
(147) angry mammal says:

I think I’ve figured it out…Honey Boo Boo is Megalodon!

August 5, 2013 at 1:50 am
(148) Just Sayin' says:

“Shark Week, It’s a bad week to be a seal.”

Should be:

“Shark Week, Its a bad week to learn about Elasmobranchii”

August 5, 2013 at 1:50 am
(149) Tom says:

Yeah, from the get go, the supposed “amateur” video appears contrived. The sound is to good. Plus I’m not buying video recovered from a digital camera found at the seen (on the sea floor). It is also apparent to me these are all actors. Good T.V. if you were watching the SiFi channel. Discovery loses points with me here:(

August 5, 2013 at 1:50 am
(150) Wtf says:

I realized it was fake when Google returned no hits on the sunken fishing vessel. Also when the “mr drake” was giving the pep talk to the crew before heading out, he said “ok guys, it’s been a week since the attack”; but up to that point in the docudrama, the countdown meter at the bottom was past the 3 week mark, also how did they build the fake whale in that short amount of time. Gimme a break

August 5, 2013 at 1:51 am
(151) Pablo D says:

A little disturbed that a “science based” channel stoops to this level.First Mermaids and now this. Me and my kids like shark week, but after this and the fact that most shows are the same as they’ve always been since 2001 (or earlier) I might have to be done with this channel. Definitely their “premiere” shows!!! Happy swimming to all!!!

August 5, 2013 at 1:52 am
(152) Greg says:

Yes, “That one guy”, War of the Worlds was fake, but at least at the beginning of the radio show the CBS announcer said this: “The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air in “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells.” People who tuned in at the beginning of the program therefore knew it wasn’t real. And I’d imagine that the average person in 1938 who missed the beginning of the show, just as many of us did tonight, came to the conclusion that it wasn’t real as the show unfolded. But that’s not what has many of us upset with Discovery. I’m no expert, but I doubt Mercury Theatre ever portrayed itself as a scientific program. Yet Discovery projects an air of scientific programming – and in pullling a lame stunt like this – they’ve lost credibility with many.

August 5, 2013 at 1:53 am
(153) Gabe says:

WTF…is this. I’ve been watching this crap for the last hour and a half, its all fake its all made up ridiculous…. this is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen on Discovery Channel

August 5, 2013 at 1:54 am
(154) Betsy says:

i look forward to shark week because i want to learn about sharks, not to watch a made for tv Jaws sequel. Such a waste of time.

August 5, 2013 at 1:55 am
(155) Joe Schmoe says:

If you ever ask Discovery about these shows they’ll tell you, “yes they’re fake. For entertainment. What-ifs” and, really, I don’t blame discovery for doing this, although I do think it’s pretty low. Discovery’s viewers are slipping away to moronic things like Snooki, and honey boo-boo. They’re doing what’s necessary to stay around so that they don’t film the rest of shark week at a loss, which is really their only big reliable moneymaker.

August 5, 2013 at 1:56 am
(156) Mikey says:

No duh it’s fakes but it was still a pretty bad ass show

August 5, 2013 at 1:58 am
(157) jay GEEEEEEEEEEEEE says:


August 5, 2013 at 1:59 am
(158) Megalo-waste of time says:

I have watched shark week for many many years and this was incredibly disappointing. Fake documentaries? Come on DC. Why didn’t they just get the cast from the movie Deep Blue Sea to host? F’ing ridiculous. I won’t be watching this garbage any longer.

August 5, 2013 at 2:02 am
(159) Ruby says:

Disappointed in DC doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel. I watch Discovery Channel to learn something and encourage my kids to do the same. Well, I guess I learned something…no more DC for me. I kept checking the info on the program, thinking maybe I was missing something. Nope. It still said “documentary”. I guess it should be quite telling that a comedian is hosting the after show. :-/

August 5, 2013 at 2:02 am
(160) Hahahaha says:

Lolz!! Did everyone catch the Usain Bolt disclaimer at the end!? Basically saying what u have just watched was a mocumentry, but 6 million years ago, Megaladon did exist.

August 5, 2013 at 2:04 am
(161) Eric B says:

I am sick and saddened by Discovery channel and shark week revealing show, this idiots needs to realize that people can search online cor validity of the vessel, the “marine biologists” , #Discovery Channel, #Shark Week, you have utterly disappointed lot of people, reminding me of mermaid “documentary”.

August 5, 2013 at 2:06 am
(162) murph says:

Discovery has went the way of The Learning Channel, Bravo, Animal Planet ect. Im am Discussed by this program and these channel’s.

They should be ashamed of themselves
Made me sick
Bad acting
Bad direction ect ect ect
I think Sharknado is about even when it comes to production and believability

August 5, 2013 at 2:07 am
(163) Cory says:

The Discovery Channel has really disappointed me lately. The mermaid show, then the megalodon….

The megalodon ‘tag’ was obviously shot out into the open ocean, then fell (attached to the 30 lb harpoon spear) to the depths of the ocean floor. That’s why it ‘dove’ so deep and was never heard from again.

August 5, 2013 at 2:09 am
(164) Eduardo P Morales says:


August 5, 2013 at 2:10 am
(165) James says:

I so agree. This was a complete fraud. My wife and i spent time trying to finds the South Africa story as well as the whale picture and even the Brazilian coast guard rescue footage. We found NOTHING. I am at a loss tat the Discovery channel would try and defraud everyone is this day and age when it is so easy to look things up online. I look forward to Shark week every year, now i am so disappointed that im not sure i even want to watch any more of it. This really was a side show of all side shows, it belongs in the circus or Ripley’s Believe it or not.

August 5, 2013 at 2:10 am
(166) joe a says:

A concur. Almost as stupid as the mermaid bit… Almost

August 5, 2013 at 2:11 am
(167) David says:

Did anyone hear how much they kept pushing global warming? Was this another red flag so people get scared and start to think about paying that carbon tax to save our planet?

I always thought that Discovery was one of the only channels that could be trusted…now I see they are just as bad as the rest of them. Shame on you DC…..

August 5, 2013 at 2:11 am
(168) Cb732 says:

The reason shark week was so entertaining was because of how interesting the REAL facts and actual stories they documented. This was a huge disappointment. I felt obligated to watch and didnt even question the legitimacy of the boat accident and all the pics and videos. Dc should b ashamed

August 5, 2013 at 2:13 am
(169) Dustin says:

I can’t believe the discovery channel can get away with putting this on as anything other than science fiction! This was blatant crap! They had every little cheesy bit of a straight to TV C list low budget movie, from a hansom lead with an action star name “Dr. Colin Drake!”, his attractive foreign costar, and a tough Aussie side kick, to really bad CGI. And how far fetched was their bs scientific procedures? I used to LOVE shark week, but with this discovery channel is getting up there with TLC.

August 5, 2013 at 2:14 am
(170) Mg says:

You people crack me up.

What kind of a moron would have thought this was real, pretending to be real, or any such rot?

You all need to simmer down.

It is entertainment. Th title was Megalodon…that is your first elfin’ clue it is not going to be about a real live shark.
Get a clue.

August 5, 2013 at 2:17 am
(171) Donnamite says:

Hey, was that Craig Ferguson on the After Show doing his Connery skit??

August 5, 2013 at 2:18 am
(172) ted says:

Bob, respectfully, looking at your article Livyatan vs megalodon, I wouldn’t consider you as a serious C. megalodon expert…

August 5, 2013 at 2:22 am
(173) Curt says:

Not to surprised discovery and tlc used to have shows based on facts but the last couple of years the are just fake shows after the ratings.

August 5, 2013 at 2:23 am
(174) Michael says:

It was a obvious fake. What u really want to know is WHAT THE
HELL HAPHAPPENED TO DISCOVERY… remember when it was more than reality shows and fake docudramas? When you could turn it on and see something real and interesting like would discovery, or the real documentaries (personal favorite was about the ice man) how have we all stupped to this level of idiocy that we as consumers of the airways watch? Its our fault if we stopped watching this be they would stop making it. The history channel has become as bad or worse. Let’s boycott this crap

August 5, 2013 at 2:23 am
(175) Mike says:

Absolutely Fake. Not only was there plenty of misdirection. But the first hour and 30 minutes are a complete waste of time as it shows nothing. First they wouldn’t try to find a shark at night and if they did they would probably have more lights. Second The chum slick was just spread in a very ridiculous fashion with pneumatic cannons. Which it would have just as been easy to do all that by hand considering they would have to load the cannon each time. The chum slick also disappeared when they got into the shark cage right before it supposedly was dragged under. Thirdly the splashes of water seen as the whale lure and shark cage went down look very suspicious. As if they used a small explosive or air charge to create this effect. Forth, the whale lure itself. The megalodon was reported to only be able to eat half a whale yet the entire lure disappears. Now it could have just sunk because it weighed 4 tons supposedly. How ever there would have been debris left over that would have floated. Unless the shark swallowed the thing whole but that just means they killed a giant shark because its not going to digest it. Also white sharks, seen in the breaching show air shark, are known to reject fake lures. SO with that said I will probably not be watching any thing during shark week.

August 5, 2013 at 2:25 am
(176) WOWDiscovery... says:

Couldn’t agree more. What a load of sh**!! “Collin Drake” looked way to comfortable in front of the camera to be a scientist. To his credit he’s a great actor… If that counts for anything. I also got online and tried to research these claims with no luck finding anything that backed up who these scientists say the are nor anything on the capsized boat incident. FAKE FAKE FAKE!

August 5, 2013 at 2:25 am
(177) Disappointed Mom says:

What a disappointment, I was looking forward to real facts not bad acting. I can’t believe DC would stoop so low. I was looking forward to watching Shark Week, but now after this crap I’m sure I can find something much better to watch on a different channel.

Thanks for ruining Shark Week Discovery Channel!!!!!!!!!

August 5, 2013 at 2:32 am
(178) charles says:

This is BS to the fullest!!! Well after this we still have Sharknado to look forward to. Discovery Channel supposedly educational but I don’t know what happened there. #iamsobummedaboutthiscrap

August 5, 2013 at 2:34 am
(179) Say What? says:

So there was a black megaladon off the coast of Mexico known as “Delnegro”? I call BS on that…

August 5, 2013 at 2:36 am
(180) Andrew Ritchey says:

Definitely a fake, the boat in the documentary was supposedly attacked on April 5th, 2013, yet notice the date on the most recent comment made by a discovery channel casting director on this url:


They started making this documentary before the attack even happened! AND I still cannot find evidence that the boat accident is real at all.

August 5, 2013 at 2:37 am
(181) Balony says:

I was wondering how they made the model humpback whale in one day!

August 5, 2013 at 2:37 am
(182) Reuben P says:

I am so disappointed in Discovery Channel. I used to think of them as educational, now I will always question everything they air. I used to love shark week now I almost don’t want to watch any more. I feel bad for all of the scientists and cameramen who produce great work and footage for us.

August 5, 2013 at 2:38 am
(183) GARY says:

What happened to the huge, fake whale? Inquiring minds need to know!

August 5, 2013 at 2:39 am
(184) Dina says:

What a disappointment. Was so excited to watch shark week and learn something new. Why are you trying to deceive people DC?

August 5, 2013 at 2:42 am
(185) sharky says:

I knew we were in trouble when the bs marine biologist collin drake made some comment about “we’re going to need a bigger decoy”. As well as “if you chum he will come”. By the end, I half expected to see a mermaid ridding megalodon when drake’s sexy assistant fired her magical spear gun. And they couldn’t even fake the u-boat photo well enough. They showed the image mirrored. I guess that was while inserting those fake fins in photo shop. What a load of seamonkey sh!t, discovery channel!

August 5, 2013 at 2:42 am
(186) !!!Discovery Is A Joke!!! says:

I heard of the Mermaid show, so I had sense of disbelief throughout this waste of time megladon BS of a show. I can’t believe Discovery would go this low, so sad. I took this Chanel seriously and as of tonight it’s a joke. No longer a Chanel to go and learn and take serious. I’m considering taking this crap channel off my subscription. Discovery sit down in the board room and rethink your direction, because who ever is in charge is doing serious damage to your credibility. Two black eyes now, third hope is a knock out. Pure crap!

August 5, 2013 at 2:43 am
(187) Cat says:

Oh come on! I knew it was a “mockumentary” from the moment it started! In my opinion it was just a different way of delivering info on an extinct species of shark without making it dry and overly scientific…. Hey at least the great whites got fed! I hope!

August 5, 2013 at 2:44 am
(188) Let down says:

Come on Shark Week, you’re better than this!!!. Ruined credibility. Please explain to your viewers.

August 5, 2013 at 2:44 am
(189) Steve Sullivan says:

I put out a Megalodon story today, too, Zombie Shark. The difference is, it’s obvious that mine is fiction — and it’s _not_ obvious that Discovery’s is fake.

My Spider Sense was tingling about it in the first 10 minutes, but I can’t tell whether they want to fool people with this (and the mermaid one, also advertised as a documentary), or if they think the people who watch their channel are smart enough to figure out its all bull.

The mixing of real people and facts with fiction sure confuses things, though. I guess they figure if they had a disclaimer at the beginning, no one would watch. For a better fakeumentary, see Incident at Loch Ness — like Spinal Tap for monster hunters..

August 5, 2013 at 2:46 am
(190) ecorn83 says:

Wow what a piece of garbage…I have decided that I will NOT be watching any of “Discovery” channel’s shark week, purely based on the Megalodon “Documentary”. I have always been interested in sharks, and trusted Discovery Channel to feed my need for knowledge. I honestly felt that this insulted my intelligence on all levels. Just so many things wrong with this…During a commercial I googled the “boating accident”. Nothing remotely near the events described. If something like that happened, it would be all over the news, dont you think? The crappy acting by the “marine biologists”. The so painfully obvious photo shopped pictures. The straw that broke the camel’s back? The fact that they took that little shark cage to “tag the megalodon”. Oh, another thing, at the end during the “attack”, if you listen, you can CLEARLY hear someone yell out the word whale, when referring to what is attacking them. Another one bites the dust discovery channel!

August 5, 2013 at 2:48 am
(191) Kar says:

I am so angry that Discovery would produce a tv show that is obviously fake without a disclaimer. We look forward to shark week every year. This show made me question everything Discovery produces. I am really disappointed!

August 5, 2013 at 2:49 am
(192) Tomas says:

I didn’t even need to see the end to know that the whole thing was fake. You can clearly tell throughout the show that there was horrific computerized graphics, and horrific reenactments, and I’m almost sure that I’ve seen “Collin Drake” in some other . The only reason I watched was because its 2:30 in the morning and I have nothing better to do.

August 5, 2013 at 2:50 am
(193) No more Disc says:

I am seriously not turning this crappy channel on anymore. The quality of this channel has not been there for the last four years (+), tonight I was giving it one more chance but I think I’ll start watching syfy and SHARKNADO instead. At least they are upfront and let me know that what I’m about to watch is fake and potentially crap!!!

August 5, 2013 at 2:52 am
(194) name unknown says:

Not pissed as much as I am saddened. But money talks and BS walks. But hopefully enough people will make their feelings known. I don’t want the DC go the way of “the not learning channel.” And for those saying this is what happens when liberals run things I don’t have time to say how lost you are. If we who think this show is BS write to the DC let them know as I will. There just might be a little power in the consumer.

August 5, 2013 at 2:57 am
(195) GARBAGE says:


August 5, 2013 at 3:00 am
(196) buckwheat says:

I think the highlight of shark week will be the ad featuring snuffy the seal and his triumphant return to the sea. At least we knew it was fake, and it was entertaining. What’s next dc, “Unicorns of the serengeti”?

August 5, 2013 at 3:02 am
(197) moby4444 says:

Come on people… have some measure of critical intellect and execute a little skepticism. That a previously credible television network succumbed to the temptation to boost their ratings should come as no surprise to anyone. That anyone believes in Mermaids, Bigfoot, faked moon landings, and UFO’s just underscores the state of education in America. The best teachers challenge students to be independent thinkers and not accept everything someone tries to jam down their throats!

Just because it’s on TV, published in a newspaper, or on a website, doesn’t necessarily make it fact. Accept it for what it was… a bit of fluff for entertainment’s sake alone. As such, it succeeded. In any critical scientific examination no credible evidence appeared to support such a ridiculous hypothesis! True science invites skepticism and demands verification by multiple sources.

Kudos to those free-thinking skeptics who had the presence of mind to look up the fictitious experts, the boat sinking scenario and the crap pseudo-science blended with just enough known science designed to lend credence to the absurd. People will always believe what they want to believe. It supports a long-held hypothesis of my own… most people are “sheep”, and want to be told what to think and believe. Politicians absolutely depend upon it. Organized religion down through the ages is a prime example.

August 5, 2013 at 3:05 am
(198) j. michael says:

Megladon: monster shark lives! – one big fish story, and a big, stinking pile of b.s.

August 5, 2013 at 3:06 am
(199) emma raulston says:

I want those two hours of my life back. What a sad, manipulative way to steal viewership. If I want fiction, that’s what I’ll watch. I gave up watching the season finale of falling skies for this crap. No more shark week for me, discovery channel. Way to go.

August 5, 2013 at 3:06 am
(200) Charles Austin Miller says:

Of course, REAL marine biologists and paleontologists will quickly tell you that Megalodon inhabited shallow, warm seas a few million years ago, and was NOT a deep-water shark. There is no evidence that Megalodon EVER inhabited the ocean’s freezing depths, where it would have been hard-pressed to predate the 1200 lbs of meat that it required daily.

Given that Megalodon REQUIRED shallow, warm water where food was more abundant, it would be extremely easy to locate today, IF it still existed. Which it doesn’t.

Discovery Communications International hasn’t merely posed a “what if” scenario; it has deliberately ignored and/or distorted REAL Science, simply to drive its sagging viewership.

August 5, 2013 at 3:12 am
(201) Megla dupped says:

Oh jeeeze, do I ever feel like a sap.

First off:
Collin Drake…really?? I mean how ‘Soap Opera is’ that one. Why not just have Tank Thompson drive the boat… or Draven Hammer aka “Dram” fly the chopper? I’m surprised I didn’t hear “get in the choppa!!” during that rescue scene. Darn!

Here I have a DVR clogged with quality programming that I’m in perpetual hope of viewing, yet waste almost two hours on this steamy heap. I’m more angry with myself for not hitting the Google machine in the 1st ten minutes for basic research on the “downed charter vessel”, instead of waiting over an hour in.

Being a news & event junkie, I would have seen this story (had it happened) splattered all over the web with the title “Megalodon Munches Mundane Mutineers!!”. I did catch the story about the beloved pet dog that ate one of his owners testicles while sleeping though

In the words of the late great Herman Munster… darn daRN DARN!

August 5, 2013 at 3:13 am
(202) Charles Austin Miller says:

@moby4444… “Just because it’s on TV, published in a newspaper, or on a website, doesn’t necessarily make it fact. Accept it for what it was… a bit of fluff for entertainment’s sake alone.”

Um, pardon, Moby, but Discovery Communications International (DCI) describes its various programming as “non-fiction”:

“DCI both produces original television programming and acquires content from producers worldwide. This non-fiction programming is offered through DCI’s 28 network entertainment brands, including Discovery Channel, Military Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Fitness & Health and a family of digital channels.”

Non-fiction programming, indeed.

August 5, 2013 at 3:14 am
(203) BKsig says:

Colin Drake is a pseudo-name that many actor use for different films. Also, here is an IMDB link for that name: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0236875/

August 5, 2013 at 3:20 am
(204) Melanie says:

So Animal Planet made a fortune on those “Mermaids” mockumentaries. Discovery Channel just had to jump on that bandwagon? When I watch Shark Week, I want real documentaries with real scientists and real science. If I wanted fiction, I’d have watched my Jaws DVD. Angry and disappointed doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel.

August 5, 2013 at 3:20 am
(205) The Duff says:

Come on people. The only reason you are upset is because you got duped. Quit being so gullible.

August 5, 2013 at 3:24 am
(206) wee says:

The part that had me laughing was the guy in the camo wet suit, like thats gonna save you from a shark… Well looks like if the rest of shark weeks is gonna be like this ill go back to netflix and anime.

August 5, 2013 at 3:28 am
(207) Lisa says:

After the “mermaid” fiasco, I take very little on Discovery at face value. (I still come across people who think that was real and will argue that it was a real documentary.) As soon as I saw the title of this show, I thought “Here we go again” and looked for valid source info before continuing to watch it. At least I only wasted 5 minutes on it. So many people will never question the validity of the material, unfortunately. Some people will watch the whole thing & think it’s legit, and then proceed to pass mis-information on to others who will also fall for it without further inquiry. I am not saying that 100% of it is implausible, but mixing a few facts into a lot of speculation/fiction is something that should be above Discovery Channel. Or at least put up a repeating disclaimer that it is a fictional presentation throughout the entire show…anything less is misleading and dishonest.

August 5, 2013 at 3:30 am
(208) moby4444 says:

@Charles Austin Miller. I’m not sure if you’re agreeing with me with some wry irony, or contesting my contention that in spite of what DCI states the content of it’s programming to be, the facts dispute any notion that they do not deviate from their stated programming. The program in question belongs on the SciFy network with “Sharknado”! I fully expect that future DCI offerings will feature wrestling, the paranormal or re-runs of “Sliders”.

August 5, 2013 at 3:38 am
(209) Bryce says:

If you all noticed at the end of this 2 hour piece of crap, there is small print that moves quick enough so that unless you have a DVR and can pause, you can’t read all of it. What I was able to catch was that this entire story was faked. I hope that Discovery Channel issues a release that this wasn’t real so people’s kids won’t question fact compared to this idiotic programming.

August 5, 2013 at 3:40 am
(210) Sinking Fast says:

Entertaining, really? Entertaining? Maybe some find it entertaining to waste two (2) hours of their time being falsely, purposely mislead. I to the contrary do not. I have about 200 other crappy channels that advertise and produce fictional programs. I have an amazing sense of humor, this was not funny. I suspected very early that this was another “mermaids” brand of documentary film making and watched in awe at how far they were taking this mockery. As the minutes ticked by, I could feel my confidence in DC sinking faster than a tracking monitor to the bottom of the sea. I let the mermaids thing go, really, ha ha, very funny, okay, can we get back to some real discoveries now. But wow, again, what fools you think. Such a brilliant marketing technique. Brilliant, real original. I mean a countdown meter and the whole shebang. Everybody above has done a fine job of pin pointing all of the obvious inaccuracies passed off in this waste of time and I am glad I am not alone. I swear, I am removing DC the favorites on my remote…..and no, it’s not because of one crappy show. It’s because they should have known better. DC fell down on this one, and when they crawl back up their ratings should feel a bit lighter. Show a little more respect.

August 5, 2013 at 3:40 am
(211) Matt says:

Cant believe so many people thought there was any truth to this. This was made for entertainment purposes and not to dupe anyone. True there has been “sighting” s of submarine. They used it but really didnt belong on this show of megalodon. Amazing And disapointed in so many people. Big foot caught on tape. Lochness washed up on shore. Unless it was told to you its just a movie. Alot of you would i would imagine think alot of the movies out were real too. You duped your self. You should be disapointed that your evolution is a thad bit slower

August 5, 2013 at 3:44 am
(212) Kevarch says:

I understand the Discovery Channel is already working on a sequel to this amazingly realistic documentary film. The sequel will simply be: “The Megalosharknado Red Triangle Sea Witch Project & The Truth Behind The Phenomenon.”

August 5, 2013 at 3:51 am
(213) John says:

That blew my mind. Sure it’s just a docudrama. But the facts of a megalodon in general is something I never knew about. I learned something. And the show made it interesting so I say job well done.

August 5, 2013 at 3:54 am
(214) Charles Austin Miller says:

@The Duff… Duff sez: “Come on people. The only reason you are upset is because you got duped. Quit being so gullible.”

I beg to differ, Duff… The first time I heard about “Mermaids: The Body Found,” it was by word-of-mouth from a BELIEVER who insisted it was genuine. I, however, refused to believe it without seeing it; when I did see that “documentary,” I knew why I had been instinctively skeptical. That program (and its sequel) were false in premise and false in evidence, not to mention extremely poor in production value — like something akin to SyFy original productions for television. Only an uneducated and unobservant couch potato would ever be duped by “Mermaids.”

Just so, I was skeptical of “Megalodon” before I ever saw it, and I knew that my skepticism was justified in the first 5 minutes of that program. In fact, I didn’t watch the entire program; frankly, I couldn’t stomach it.

I understand that The Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” has slipped from favor with the viewing public for many years. In the beginning, the programming for “Shark Week” was all dry and perhaps overly-scientific, and there just weren’t THAT MANY modern shark-related documentaries to fill out an entire week of programming. Which is why Discovery started financing and producing most of the shark-related scientific documentaries that exist today, making them more and more sensational with each passing year.

But THIS offering, “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives,” does not fall into the category of sensational scientific documentary. It falls into the realm of pure fantasy that skews and ignores and deliberately omits science. This lame production more properly belonged on the SyFy Channel, where virtually everything is produced in-studio by caffeine-induced geeks with no background whatsoever in Science.

August 5, 2013 at 4:01 am
(215) James says:

It is really a shame that DC has stooped so low, especially since they could hav e made a great documentary about megalodon without the fake story. The animal is interesting enough and the arguments and evidence for and against its continued existence are real and interesting enough.
I teach high school marine science and am not looking forward to going back in a few weeks to all of the questions about this show and how the megalodon destroyed the boat etc. DC does not realize that a lot of kids still accept them to be a credible source of information (although I hope that is wavering with a lot of their new programing) and that they are seriously misleading them (I dealt with all of this before witht he past 2 mermaid shows).They should really be ashamed of themselves. If they want to be Syfy 2 then they should just change their name.
On the other hand, I did catch a couple of shows on NatGeo’s Sharkfest today and found them interesting and enjoyable. They had some great information on some rarely heard about sharks (ragged tooth, cookiecutter, goblin, etc.), so that is where I will be spending my time.

August 5, 2013 at 4:07 am
(216) hastings101 says:

so embarrassed I thought Discovery showed real documentaries always and watched this fascinated until the end with my family. We all thought the ridiculously perfect video and the fakely red “chum wave” crap was suspicious but overlooked it as us just not knowing much about documentaries and shark baiting. LOL definitely passing on the rest of sharkweek, can’t believe Discovery would take advantage of people’s ignorance when they’re trying to learn a little. What a sick joke.

August 5, 2013 at 4:14 am
(217) Al says:

This documentary looks a lot like that fake mermaid documentary that got such high ratings. I wonder if the same people behind that one are behind the making of this one. I am really down on Discovery Channel for airing this fake documentary. They have no integrity. How can I watch anything on that channel without thinking if it is fake or not. Forget about the existence on megaladon, what about the existence of true facts from the Discovery channel.

August 5, 2013 at 4:15 am
(218) Ric4001 says:

Some DC executive with a double digit IQ is getting the big bucks for dreaming up this crappy programming. I thought they learned a lesson when the public was outraged at the stupid mermaid fiasco. This “visionary” needs to be seriously fired and replaced with someone with some common sense and a healthy respect for the intellect of the viewing public. I hope to see more science and less bullsh*t in the future. This was pathetic!

August 5, 2013 at 4:20 am
(219) Maiasatara says:

I, too, spent the whole show looking for details but what nailed it as fraudulent – when Collin Drake, “Marine Biologist” DIDN’T GET IN THE WATER with everyone else at the moment of “truth” (when the normal-sized sharks disappeared from sonar.) Come on, Discovery.

August 5, 2013 at 4:39 am
(220) cnd says:

Watch Nat Geo Wild “Sharkfest”
I haven’t seen any of this type of crap

August 5, 2013 at 4:41 am
(221) DS says:

With this episode Shark Week jumped the shark. I won’t be watching discovery again.

August 5, 2013 at 4:43 am
(222) Ed says:

Mermaids was syfy not discovery. Just to clarify.

August 5, 2013 at 4:49 am
(223) Michael says:

I found it entertaining. Although I find the editors faulty as they did not catch an error in Drake’s speach before the “trap”. We know it’s been weeks since the “fishing boat attack” but yet before they set off, he states they are going into same water the fishing boat was attacked in a WEEK ago. Can’t believe that was not caught. lol
I am not upset with Discovery, but yes should be a little mote truthful with everyne.

August 5, 2013 at 4:52 am
(224) MexiMichael says:

Sorry for few spelling errors, I’m on my phone

August 5, 2013 at 4:54 am
(225) Sinking Fast says:

Mermaids was Animal Planet, not SyFi. Just to Clarify. Also to clarify, Discovery is Animal Planet’s parent company.

August 5, 2013 at 4:54 am
(226) Sisi says:

I agree. I have been wasting my time trying to find a credible article about this supposed charter boat attack. I would like to know how the footage could have been recovered if the bodies never were and the boat sank. I am very disappointed in the quality of this program!

August 5, 2013 at 5:26 am
(227) Sarah says:

I was stocked to watch something about megalodon. I’m a huge dinosaur buff and love learning more. I know a lot about megalodon and watching this horrible excuse for a documentary really made me angry. How dare you DC think the public is this naive. I wasted 2 hours of my life watching the worst documentary of my life. Shame on you. I want a apology.

August 5, 2013 at 5:31 am
(228) Fred says:

A couple of things caught my attention that this was phony: 1) none of the scientists ever said “um” or “ah” or paused during their interviews. Their delivery was flawless; and 2) with all the cameras that were apparently being used to capture this documentary, there were never any overlapping shots of the other cameras. This shows me it was way too scripted. Also couldn’t help but notice the chum slick was very red. I have my doubts that it would be that easy to see from a helicopter shot.

August 5, 2013 at 5:37 am
(229) wanda says:

Sheesh! You people should have known from the beginning this was fake! I watched it and loved it. After all – with all the bad news around the world – embassy closings, unrest in Egypt, war and destruction everywhere, dang near Civil War in our own country – it was nice to be able to just sit back and enjoy something like this. And the seal commercial is the funniest one to come along in a long time.

August 5, 2013 at 5:40 am
(230) Steff says:

“Now, for the first time ever shown on TV” gave it away for me. I chose to ignore the bad photoshop, attributing it to crap producers. I didn’t realize I was watching Mermaids: Part Two until the 3 second credits rolled by, since I am not much of a DC fan. Ugh, I could have been watching King of Queens!

August 5, 2013 at 5:43 am
(231) ohhmy says:

Would much rather have watched two hours of Snuffy the seal

August 5, 2013 at 6:07 am
(232) Megalatron says:

I AM MEGALATRON!! And I come here to destroy docufiction!!

Honestly who would watch this if they knew it was fake? FOR WHY DISCOVERY FOR WHY?? LOL

August 5, 2013 at 6:09 am
(233) Megalatron says:



August 5, 2013 at 6:21 am
(234) Katie says:

I guess discovery realized people are getting really bored of rewatching great whites jump out of the water to eat seals. I know I am. So I was really excited and terrified when I first watched the megalodon episode of 2013 shark week premier. But then I looked at all of the images and most of them seemed like they had been photoshopped or CGI because all the videos (the helicopter one (which was waaay too pixely except for one convenient area) and the videos of them in the cage and the megalodon swimming by and a few others all seem like the same CGI shark. It looks like all the markings are the same and it just seems all fake! It was a good scare and it was very entertaining. But if its fake, please don’t pass it off as real. I would just prefer to know the truth.

August 5, 2013 at 6:29 am
(235) I call B.S. says:

Discovery Channel, the only thing I discovered was that you are full of crap.

August 5, 2013 at 6:29 am
(236) Patrick says:

Yeah it’s messed up that they would try to sell this story to all the viewers knowing that everything in this show down down to the f…… buckets of chum are fiction. Here’s what happened that night when they say they in countered it. They loaded there replica of the Humpback whale in to the water and went out off the coast. When they got to a place that had depth they deployed there shark cage ( and the had it deployed away from there ship and close to the whale decoy I wonder why?) with a shark that big and dangerous wouldn’t you want the shark cage next to the boat I would. So the day light breaks and it’s now dark out and how convenient the shark decided to show up at nite. So they rush to the shark cage and get in it and there say its here and it starts messing with the cage but for some reason they don’t get film of it but the girl gets it with here harpoon with the tracking device. What really happen was they put the shark cage next to the whale decoy so that the girl the can shot the whale decoy with the harpoon so it takes on water and sinks and now they can claim that the shark took the whale decoy. When in reality they already had a tag on the whale decoy so when they sink it they can say that they tagged the shark and he diving down deep when it’s really just the whale decoy sinking to the bottom. The Discovery Channel has gone off the deep end and the only show left that’s real is the Deadliest Catch with which I hope a different network picks them up because I now don’t want to have to watch it on the Discovery Channel and give them the ratings

August 5, 2013 at 6:30 am
(237) K. says:

My husband IS a marine biologist and I thought he had written this article. Exactly his points! But ever since the “mermaids,” we are not shocked by any “new science” that the Discovery Channel reveals. We are very saddened however by their misleading so-called documentaries.

August 5, 2013 at 6:31 am
(238) Katie says:

So once the shark attacked drakes boat, where did that 150 foot whale go?! If it sunk there would be footage of them going to find it and seeing the hole the shark made. Convenient it disappeared.

August 5, 2013 at 6:52 am
(239) Patrick says:

Like I said the discovery channel staged it to look like a big shark took the whale decoy when all along it was the girls job to shot the whale decoy with the harpoon so it takes on water and sinks to the bottom. An before the whale decoy was put in the water they put a tag on it so as it sank to the bottom they could say it was the shark diving to the deep.

August 5, 2013 at 7:18 am
(240) Kristen says:

Thoroughly disappointed that Discovery Channel seems to be going the way of TLC, ostensibly “The Learning Channel” that now proudly purveys disgusting drivel such as “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” and “Toddlers and Tiaras.” I expected better from Discovery – real sharks make compelling enough television – they didn’t need to resort to this travesty of a “documentary.”

August 5, 2013 at 7:24 am
(241) MegaTurd says:

Yeah this show is real like I’m the pope

August 5, 2013 at 7:25 am
(242) BreAna C. says:

When I turned on the show last night, I did so with the intent of watching a program for entertainment with possibly a little bit of fact thrown in for good measure. I never thought it was going to be a documentary of fact or a learning experience, so I am probably a little bit less critical than many of the posters here. As the show progresses, it is basically telling you by the events that this is made up. The boat attack looks staged, the camera just happened to be found and worked with perfect audio and video, the dramatic way that the divers lost radio contact as soon as the big shape was over them, the shipwreck looked like it has been down there for quite some time, and one of the most telling pieces of information was the speed in which they contacted and constructed a life size hump back whale decoy.
I did do a search for the boat attack incident and only found that on March 5th 2013 a swimmer was attacked and killed by a “dinosaur sized” great white shark off the coast of South Africa, nothing mentioned about a boat attack. Maybe that is where they got the idea for this program. If this show was in fact meant to be a documentary, terrible, terrible, terrible. If it was meant to be for entertainment, well all I can say was not great, but better than Sharknado.

August 5, 2013 at 7:34 am
(243) Chaney says:

I absolutely loved the ‘documentary’! Everyone I was watching with knew from the first scene it was fake. If you were fooled by the acting you really deserved to be fooled for being so gullible. Megaladon!? Really!? Don’t you think if Megaladon made a grand comeback it would make headlines around the world! Can’t stop laughing! You poor ignorant people!

August 5, 2013 at 7:47 am
(244) MegaTurd says:

) BreAna C if you turned on the show knowing its wad going to be fake why would you try to look up a ship that was Supposedly attacked by a Giant shark?

August 5, 2013 at 8:08 am
(245) Sarah says:

I hope all you people are attacked by sharks.

August 5, 2013 at 8:09 am
(246) Mark says:

When our friend Colin stated that his goal was to protect people from being attacked by a dangerous predator it was instantly obvious that it was at the least a dramatization…no self respecting marine biologist would be motivated by saving people. They would be hunting for the discovery of the species alive today. Definitely would have seemed more plausible if Mr. Drake had been referred to as a crypto zoologist.

Further, why would a megalodon be hunting humans? Oh yeah, it wouldn’t…any human deaths would likely be accidental as a human does not represent enough calories to justify the energy expenditure of eating (similar to a white shark).

That said, while utter BS, this was entertaining and we watch this type of programming because we all acknowledge on some level that this creature could ultimately still be out there. That said, if you thought you would tune in and be presented with fact and the first proof of Meg still alive today, you are a fool as any discovery of this magnitude would not be presented to the public through DC, but rather it would be presented to the scientific community and would have appeared in newspapers and in nightly news segments prior to a 3.5 month later air date…

August 5, 2013 at 8:10 am
(247) kd says:

I too feel as though I wasted my time last night watching the show. I knew in the beginning of the program that “home made” video “lighting” looked professional on what was suppose to be a tourist fishing boat in Cape Town, so this morning I went to Google to find any proof of this story being real (OR ANY OF IT) and of course it’s not. I agree that the “Discovery” Channel should be more responsible with it’s programming and the SMALL fast moving disclaiming statements at the end of the show that you cannot pause and read (due to the words being right where the time bar pops up on the pause mode, is the second thing that caught my attention. Discovery Channel, shame on you……………just shame on you.

August 5, 2013 at 8:29 am
(248) Joe says:

Terrible way to kick off Shark Week. My 3 boys were so excited to watch and then devastated when I told them the first show to air, was in fact, bogus. Shame on Discovery for caring more about ratings than educational programming. I must admit, I had to laugh when I saw the commercial for National Geographic’s competition they’re calling “Shark Fest”, but after my lengthy discussion with my kids and explaining to them that this documentary was fake we decided to switch to NatGeo. Low and behold, they were actually airing real shark documentaries. We’ve decided to boycott Discovery for the week. We’re now Shark Fest fans.

August 5, 2013 at 8:31 am
(249) Kate says:

I thought it was entertaining and fun to watch knowing it was fake. What’s “real” anymore on tv anyways, why be mad at discovery for doing something not done on tv yet? I saw good for them taking a plunge into dark territory. Honestly, how many times can you see the same thing over and over again when you know everything about sharks already? This was something fun and different. I still love discovery for that.

August 5, 2013 at 8:33 am
(250) Dan says:

This are great posts. From the creating a fake whale 18 days after the “boat accident” to the false deaths. This truly shows us the time we live in. I grew up watching shows like wild North America and Explorer by national geographic, this is what our kids will be watching and basing their facts on when they perceive the animal kingdom. Sad sad day, shame on you Discovery Channel.

August 5, 2013 at 8:40 am
(251) PB says:

Shame on Discovery Channel. This is as fake as the mermaid “documentary.”

August 5, 2013 at 8:41 am
(252) Down with garbage TV says:

More like Shart Week. Well done Discovery…Well done.

August 5, 2013 at 8:45 am
(253) BreAna C. says:

MegaTurd, Did you read the past where I wrote”with a bit of fact thrown I’m for good measure”?

August 5, 2013 at 8:59 am
(254) kat says:

Discovery did this with a show about mermaids too. It’s a disgrace for an (presumed) educational network to try to lead people to believe that thiis was a real documentary. As the author of this article pointed out, think of all the children who are being misled. You think you’ve finally found some safe, educational programming for your children and then you have to contend with this. Terrible.

August 5, 2013 at 9:01 am
(255) Karma says:

This episode has ruined shark week. I will no longer be watching this channel for the rest of the week.

August 5, 2013 at 9:05 am
(256) Dan says:

Did anyone see any disclaimers saying this was not based on facts? I didn’t. I thought the whole concept of Megalodon existing to this day was a crock, but I allowed myself to be dragged into this show thinking they had something the tiniest bit unexplained. When the show ended the way it did with no evidence analysis I knew it was bogus. Shame on Discovery Channel for airing this crap.

August 5, 2013 at 9:07 am
(257) Mike Roda says:

That was a 2 hour total farse. It
reminded me of Animal Planets
“Lost Tapes”.
But at least they have the courtesy to
tell you that what you are about to watch
is BS.

Now if Discovery channel could send a
film crew to MN. We had a ton of trees
go down this spring. The weather service
blamed it on straight line winds. But I
highly suspect that we have a “flock of
Pterosarus’s trying to roost.

August 5, 2013 at 9:09 am
(258) Jeanie says:

When I saw this on last night and started watching it, I pretty much guessed that this was a lot like the mermaid “documentary” that Discovery aired last year. At this point everyone needs to understand that the channel that airs the same reality tv reruns 20 times a week is probably more about entertainment than education. It’s a sad truth.

August 5, 2013 at 9:11 am
(259) Lee says:

Did anybody see the talk show that came on after the Megalodon show?? The guy Mike who was in the cage with the girl when it got attacked was asked if he thought Megalodon was real and he said NO and they never talked about the footage from the show. Total Crap!

August 5, 2013 at 9:17 am
(260) Richard says:

This is a joke!! If you google Colin Drake Biologist, the only thing that comes up is there is a Biologist program at Drake university!! Some company made a lot of money of these retards making this film!!

August 5, 2013 at 9:19 am
(261) Jim says:

An obvious fake and a huge waste of time. My days of watching the Discovery channel are over since there is no way to know what is based on facts and what is hype just for ratings. Good Bye Discovery channel.

August 5, 2013 at 9:21 am
(262) cdrag says:

did anyone else worry about the broadcasting of the distressed whale signal killing/washing up more mermaids? ;)

August 5, 2013 at 9:28 am
(263) Joy says:

So glad I am not the only one that fell for this.. I feel totally taken advantage of by this channel. I sat through the whole thing thinking it was real and it was just a big ol’ joke. Shame on you discovery!! This is a channel that we trust and it isn’t right to put out info that isn’t real.

August 5, 2013 at 9:28 am
(264) Jan says:

I feel Discovery channel has lost a lot of credibility. I start to wonder what other shows that they produced were made up. Maybe it’s because they have run out of anything new to talk about when it comes to sharks.
I know I’m tired of seeing the same kind of shows featuring the sharks
jumping out of the water with the fake seal towed behind the boat.

August 5, 2013 at 9:29 am
(265) Marty says:

So Greg Wright noticed the depth finder the was not snychronized with how fast the supposed Megalodon was sinking. Did anyone take notice to the depth they claimed it was going just within 10 miles off the coast?


You would have to travel a lot farther to reach depths of well over a mile to the sea floor. My calculations were about 35-40 miles off the coast before you reached those depths. WTG Discovery!

August 5, 2013 at 9:30 am
(266) Joshua says:

Yea the Discovery channel is in the decline phase of educational programming and is quickly moving towards being another TLC.

August 5, 2013 at 9:37 am
(267) m says:

And the fish gut mixture they shot out into the water was ridiculous. Discovery should be ashamed to be making fake documentaries.

August 5, 2013 at 9:38 am
(268) Doug says:

As soon as Discovery advertised it, I had figured that this was going to be a mockumentary. And I wasn’t disappointed. You should remember that you are living in UncleScamland and treat the stuff (especially the shows on Discovery, History, etc.) on TV as entertainment. Even the nature shows are slim on facts and fat on special-effects. From the captain, decked out in the same gear as in Jaws, to the phony ‘whale’ and the chum guns, not to mention the divers in the skimpy ‘shark cage’. They were all obvious in their phoniness. It was a Hoot to watch.

August 5, 2013 at 9:38 am
(269) cb says:

A Pilgrims Films Production.

That should have told you it was as fake as the Jackalope.

August 5, 2013 at 9:41 am
(270) jay says:

I am completely frustrated with the Discovery Channel. How dare they ruin the credibility of Shark Week by broadcasting a Megalodon hoax. Shame on DC.

August 5, 2013 at 9:41 am
(271) David says:

I feel cheated! I have been watching shark week since the beginning and now might not watch again…

August 5, 2013 at 9:43 am
(272) Janet says:

Exactly! My thought was: Discovery looked at the mermaid “documentary” and said, “Hey! Let’s do that but better!” Actors. And I also agree with you that I don’t completely disagree that megalodon might still exist. BUT I was skeptical from beginning to end. My first task this morning was to google the accident and the “marine biologist”. Thanks for confirming what I suspected as well!

August 5, 2013 at 9:44 am
(273) Lee Andrew says:

Last nights show should have been titled ‘MEGA-LOW-DONG.”

MEGA: stands for the amount the show sucked last night
LOW: where the Discovery Channel’s current credibility ranks.
DONG: stands for what the show sucked last night.

I will now be watching the National Geographic Channel’s Sharkfest


August 5, 2013 at 9:46 am
(274) cwill says:

but at least mermaids gave a disclaimer that it was fiction, this is trying to pass itself off as genuine

August 5, 2013 at 9:49 am
(275) Diane Lyerly says:

This was it for me & Discovery- not to mention shark week. They have lost my viewership forever after I “Discovered” that this was all a big hoax.
My 15 year old daughter kept saying it was fake, and I kept explaining that this was Discovery & they wouldn’t do that. Ha! It really was a new low for them.

August 5, 2013 at 9:51 am
(276) themegaladon says:

Hey, you all think im not real? That I didn’t really destroy that boat? Well I have news for you, I am Real!! I am Megaladon!!!
Seriously, Could this show just have been a Discovery Channel bad idea of a prank? Could they just be messing with all the shark week fans by putting this on? Have they issued any sort of statement yet?

August 5, 2013 at 9:51 am
(277) rsl says:

Of course it was fake. It was entertaining but totally fake. Even the guy who played the photographer in the shark cage said it was “Not true” on Shark After Dark.

August 5, 2013 at 9:57 am
(278) Scott says:

It was like Blair Witch Project..lots of dark, sketchy, “spooky” video trying to suck you in. Can’t believe I wasted 2 hours watching this garbage. If I were one of the organizations depicted in the program, I would not want to be associated with this either.

August 5, 2013 at 10:02 am
(279) Jay says:

I was interested in this and so was my family. The fin photo was a little hard to take if true and no news report about it and the whale it was attacking was not in the news. I spent an 1/2 hr looking up shark boat attacks off the coast of South Africa and found a lot attacks on people and a boat attack of an inflatable boat but not the one mention in the show. I’m disappointed in the show thus far and if this is how they are going to do shark week im not watching no more. Facts not B.S.

August 5, 2013 at 10:04 am
(280) Natalie says:

Was thrilled to find this article as I knew about 5 minutes in that this “documentary” was completely fake. Very disappointed in the Discovery Channel for this. Factual programming is clearly a thing of the past no matter what the media outlet. Trash.

August 5, 2013 at 10:06 am
(281) Larry says:

I was very disappointed as well. There were 3 disclaimers at the end that went by so fast you couldn’t read. They might have revealed somewhat of an apology for the fiction.

August 5, 2013 at 10:07 am
(282) Rob says:

I have a very impressionable 13 year old son that is now completely afraid to go into the ocean. He has been fasinated with sharks his whole life and has learned alot from Discovery channel. I told him last night that this looked to be staged and was waiting for a message at the end to say so.

Discovery you have lost viewers! Hope you got the ratings you wanted I will never watch shark week again. I will watch NAt Geo.

August 5, 2013 at 10:10 am
(283) bubba says:

NOW do you all finally believe that global warming is a myth as well???? It can finally be stated the only truth is that the idiocracy exists…….

August 5, 2013 at 10:11 am
(284) tim says:

You can tell by the interviews and videos that its fake. Looks just like that mermaid rubbish do they watch this crap before they air it? If so u would fire whoever gave the green light to air it!

August 5, 2013 at 10:13 am
(285) SMSea says:
August 5, 2013 at 10:13 am
(286) Dano says:

Check this out, kinda interesting. Maybe there is hope yet, for Magalodon.


Same place as the show refers too, but 3 years off.

August 5, 2013 at 10:14 am
(287) jack says:

The “Discovery Channel”will never will be “National Geographic”. Like a little brother making things up to be more than what really is.

August 5, 2013 at 10:14 am
(288) Rick says:

Wow ! truely disappointing, I should’ve been watching honey boo boo ! at least that’s some reality/fake TV I can trust !!!

August 5, 2013 at 10:15 am
(289) Joe Fish says:

I could smell a wet rat five minute into this steaming heap of crap. I too held the Discovery Channel in higher esteem until they puked this out. I was fortunate enough to have not seen the Mermaid fiasco. Accordingly, I still had a certain degree of respect for DC. However, after this Mega-heap of stinking BS, I no longer take anything on the Discovery Channel as fact.

To give up one’s credibility for ratings is a major flaw in character and dignity. Shame on the producers for allowing their organization ot dump out such misleading trash and polluting the minds of children and those less informed.

August 5, 2013 at 10:23 am
(290) Truth be told says:

Of course it was going to be a fake made up program. It’s all about ratings and selling to marketers. How else can people like Discovery shareholder Joe Malone afford to own over 2.2 million acres of land in the USA alone? Tells lies and get paid, it’s the new American way. If any thing so unbelievable is to ever be released to the public it won’t come from Discovery, it’s a guarantee.

August 5, 2013 at 10:25 am
(291) Steve says:

Well, it was obviously fake since there was a disclaimer was at the end of the show saying that any of the institutions mentioned were not affiliated with the making of the film.

It was pretty clear from the beginning that this was staged and the people aboard the boat were actors.

August 5, 2013 at 10:26 am
(292) Ellepal says:

Glad I’m not the only one who thought this show was a put on. The people were all too good-looking. The footage was too artsy. The speakers sounded scripted. I was not buying it!!

August 5, 2013 at 10:28 am
(293) thinksoutsidethebox says:

With respect, yes it was a fake documentary but think about it, if it was 100% legit doc you would have learned the same things…i.e. how big Megs grew, where and what they ate, when they lived and when they died out. Even in a legit doc you would have heard the rumours of them being around still.

Take the faked parts with a grain of salt… there was all the information there that you would have learned if it was a real doc without them trying to spice it up (even if it was really bad).

August 5, 2013 at 10:34 am
(294) Sheriff Brody says:

I enjoyed it. It was quite clever. I can see how school kids might be fooled. But look. It was obviously a joke. No one would ever fund such an expedition. Even the expedition diver said early on it wasn’t a megalodon. And then there was an interview with someone from a totally obscure or fictitious natural history museum. Then the radio goes out between the boat and the diver. The beached whale looked like it was cut in half, not what would happen from a megalodon attack. The suddenly discovered U-boat found footage. The nose dive an amazing 6000 feet (and in a coastal area to boot). Why complain? It’s like wrestling.

August 5, 2013 at 10:44 am
(295) Ken Pearson says:

I didn’t see the broadcast live, I watched it about midnight on my DVR. While watching I noted the quality of the “amateur” video was really quite clear, the tumbling of the sinking vessel and it’s victims we’re nicely centered which caused me to doubt the facts I thought I might be watching. My Internet searches for both scientists resulted in negative results as well as a search for the downed vessel. I was just blown away how fast this show was “put together and broadcast” and how quickly CFX productions in South Africa made the fake whale. Everything about this show smells worse than the 5 mile chum stream they allegedly created.

Come on Discovery Channel, this isn’t up to your standards..when Sharknado was aired it was billed as science fiction…if you want to put something out as speculatory please don’t try to make it look like science fact.

August 5, 2013 at 10:48 am
(296) AA13 says:

I feel so mislead by that show last night. I too went on a google search last night…came up with nothing..super fishy! I didn’t know Shark Week was creating fictional movies to show as real life documentaries. I gues I will try SharkFest for the remainder of the week…hope that they are not showing the same BS!!

August 5, 2013 at 10:49 am
(297) Nic says:

This BS makes Sharknado look realistic. Ridiculous.

August 5, 2013 at 10:56 am
(298) Jay says:

People don’t tune into shark week for fake shows…that’s why people are complaining. If they presented it as fake and people wanted to tune in, then fine. But people sat down and set aside time to watch something educational about sharks. I can’t believe they kicked off shark with this embarrassment.

I’m also surprised anybody could find it entertaining. The show belonged on the ScyFy Channel. It was cringe worthy.

August 5, 2013 at 11:12 am
(299) Lisa says:

I too was watching the premiere of shark week 2013 in disbelief as I believed I was watching REAL footage documenting a charter boat attacked off the coast of South Africa earlier this year. While I admit that the so called “documentary” was entertaining, I agree with the author and many others who have posted their comments that Discovery Chanel has stooped to an all time low. After several internet searches provided no proof that this documentary was real, my suspicions seemed to be confirmed. This was a fake! The conclusion of the show also cements the fact that this is a fraud with dramatic enactments of camera malfunctions and a missing 40 ft whale decoy! Come on Discovery, really?

August 5, 2013 at 11:16 am
(300) J.Herron says:

Discovery channel had me hooked deep in the corner of my mouth, and were reeling me in. glad I spit the hook! what a joke.I now just have a bad taste in my mouth for the discovery channel. at least it’s not a hook! come on guys, make it real!!!

August 5, 2013 at 11:43 am
(301) JohnnyJ says:

Sharknado was more realistic and was better produced. Guess the Producers of Amish Mafia had some free time…… Done with Shark Week on day 1 and done with Disc Channel and it’s crap programming. Will not support the next time they needs us to “call our cable company”. In fact, called Directv to do the opposite and request it be taken off along with it’s other crap and mostly fake channels with scripted “reality” programming.. Don’t want to pay for this nonsense. They could have done an entire real show on the possible existence of the “Submarine” shark and been more worthy, but this was crap. Not even good at Photoshop. Someone needs to get fired for this complete misleading lie of a show. Perhaps the advertisers should be contacted to pull their business. Done with DC.

August 5, 2013 at 11:47 am
(302) picmanbob says:

I smelled out the stench of this fake pretty quickly, unlike my initial faith in “Mermaids.” Even the “Shark After Dark” recap accidentally blew the cover off this saying it was like “Blair Witch.” OOPS! How convenient that the boat video was found despite the sinking and currents that could carry a recorder yards or miles off target.

Outside the fact the the players can’t be found (real scientists are HUGE publicity whores for their projects) just like Mermaids, they made some huge production mistakes w/ the fake grahpics and blatant lies like…

The bit in half whale – uh, megalodon’s jaws were never know to be that big.

“Big as a jumbo jet” – at 100′, not even half the size and 1/2 the weight of an empty 747.

The unabashed faked footage of the shark swimming behind the empty cage at the end. Why weren’t there any disclaimers?

Production commenced 3 days after the “boat sinking.” I don’t work in Hollyweird, but there’s no way they could fund, organize, produce in this fashion.

The colorized water of the chum slick, etc, etc.

In the release of the new Mermaids, their “proof” was the endorsements of celebrities like the Kardashians. Was their any wonder why NO SCIENTISTS endorsed this or Megalodon?

Discovery Channel – SHAME ON YOU! I will never take ANYTHING you show seriously again!

August 5, 2013 at 11:56 am
(303) Rick Rose says:

What’s worse about this so called documentary is that is spreads two lies at once hoping one will cover the other. If they truly wanted to create a great story here they would have spared no expense to have better visual effects and photos. (The National Enquirer had better photoshopped images!) They did not care if the over all documentary was believable or not. They just wanted to continue to sounding off on global warming and how our unchecked enviornment is causing more death and destruction. Can’t hang there hats on facts over at Discover Channel so let’s make stuff up to sell it. I knew it was fake when I started watching it but thought to myself “Hey, I like a good scary shark story. When they began busting out the global warming crap over and over…I turned it off.

August 5, 2013 at 11:56 am
(304) Formershrkwkfan says:

So glad I found this article, I too have been searching the web for info on the boat attack, Collen Drake etc, only to find out it was a badly acted
” Sharknado” movie. So disappointed , I thought the Discovery Channel was suppose to “Discover” the new, and unknown, and inform its viewers with REAL facts. My kids & I always looked forward to SharkWeek when they were younger & we always learned new & exciting info on sharks, so glad my kids are adults now & I don’t have to explain that show was FAKE & misinforming!

August 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm
(305) Dania says:

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Megalodon. Wait, nope. It’s MegaloNOT.

August 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm
(306) rdoll says:

To all the naysayer, you might want to look this up. Robert Pamprin was eaten by a Great White shark in about 30 feet of water at Children’s Cove off La Jolla CA in 1959. This was witnessed by his diving buddy Jerry Leaher. I used to work with Jerry in the aerospace business. Jerry estimated this shark to be over 27 feet long. Nobody knows how long large sharks live in the wild or how big they get. The average size of an adult American human male is 5’ 10” tall but their have been extreme examples of almost twice that height. Twice the length of 27 feet is 54 feet. Not to far off for length that Megalodon is supposed to be?

August 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm
(307) Rickshaw says:

Everybody knows what a fake this documentary is !! but it looks like a lot of people watched it, which I’m guessing was the plan…

August 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm
(308) Carmen says:

Thanks for the Viewer Relations link to Discovery, @SMSea. It’s running incredibly slow, so I hope that they are getting slammed with comments.

August 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm
(309) c-du says:

Perhaps this Colin Drake character studied under George Costaza at marine biology school!!!

August 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm
(310) mermaids debunked says:

Shame on DCI! Never again.

August 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm
(311) William Fleming says:

I too feel like an idiot….they essentially lied about it all……are the photos even real?….I feel duped especially the way they said it was all real….

August 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm
(312) Patty Ruggia says:

I like to think that megaladon may exist which is why I tuned in. However, about fifteen min into the show, I realized these were actors…………it was a little ‘hoakee’ to say the least. I coud even tell she was reading from a card……

August 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm
(313) Matt says:

I’ve held this theory for the past ten years and have been wanting to see shark week go along with this. I finally saw a show that peaked my interest in shark week. I was hoping that this would go back to the great shark week shows that would discuss these theories like the show prehistoric sharks did from 2007. Instead they take a turn for the worst and made this horrible show filled with cgi sharks and terrible acting. Sharknado might have been more realistic. What a disappointing show this was and hopefully they release an apology.

August 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm
(314) so dissappointed says:

Funny how the boat wreck had so much moss and algae growing on parts of it after one day. Don’t advertise being a documentary when it’s clearly not. If this is what it takes to get ratings, shame on discovery channel. I thought this show would be educational, the only education we got was that discovery is a fake.

August 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm
(315) Johnny says:

At worst, I expected something along the lines of MonsterQuest: They won’t find anything, it may be total bunk, but at least they treat the subject matter with some respect, as it is presented in a serious manner, and you’ll learn some things about the subject. At best, I expected that the show would be about an unusually large Great White (Submarine), and they used the “Megalodon” tagline to hook viewers. Again, fine by me, as long as it’s presented well and taken seriously.

I never thought I’d get a farce of a program like this. I thought to myself while watching, “Even if this is true, which is quickly becoming more and more unlikely, this is a horrible excuse for a documentary.” But, even though it was treated like a joke, to all those people who say “Lighten up, you were silly for taking it seriously,” it was not presented like one.

A joke wouldn’t have taken the “designer drug” route and flashed a small disclaimer AT THE END just to say, “Hey, we warned you.” A joke wouldn’t have KICKED OFF Shark week, it would’ve aired at another time, maybe during the middle of the week to lighten the mood and break up the monotony of REAL documentaries. A joke would’ve owned up to the fact. If someone says a funny, yet hurtful thing about you and then mumbles a quiet, quick apology, you would suspect that what they said was not meant to be a joke, correct? So why is this any different?

This was not a joke, this was a blatant, unapologetic attempt to fool viewers in to watching a terrible program.

August 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm
(316) Marty says:

Rdoll…. Average great white shark size is roughly 15 feet. So what your saying is inaccurate. That would make the roughly 27 foot shark the top (double the average was your method there).

What you were doing was doubling one of the largest. Thats like doubling Yao Ming (7’6″) and saying there could be a 15′ human somewhere. Good luck finding both!

August 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(317) Gabriel says:

Shark Week jumped the shark last night. What a load of crap trying to be passed off, badly, as fact. I mean really, if a 65ft shark was still alive and patrolling the oceans today there would be proof. Sharks are, for lack of a better imaginary, messy eaters. There would be evidence by now and it would not come from Lando Calrissian or what ever the fake scientist’s name was.

August 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm
(318) Dylan says:

“Collin Dake” is from varsity blues lol what a bunch of garbage

August 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm
(319) discovery channel says:

Haha FOOL YOU! ;p

August 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm
(320) Tatiana says:

As a marine biology student who hopes to one day specialize in shark research, I can honestly say I was deeply offended by this documentary. I’m glad this article exists and that not everyone believes everything they see on TV. Always be skeptical about the television!

August 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm
(321) Roger says:

Why wasn’t a camera aimed at the whale they created to lure Megalodon? After all that effort to build that whale and they didn’t have a camera aimed at it with lights at night to film the giant shark eating it? Yeah right! Hoax!! Funny how the lights went out under water with the divers so you couldn’t film Mr. Jaws attacking the cage! Yeah right! Hoax! Funny how they didn’t show the sonar image of the 100 foot Megalodon after he had scared away all the smaller sharks!! Yeah right! Hoax! Who in their right mind would get into a cage smaller than Megalodon’s mouth and go under water to film and tag such a beast knowing he could swallow you up in one gulp? Yeah right! Hoax! Funny how the divers tagged the shark, but the shark didn’t tag any of the divers? Either Megalodon is absolutely terrible at playing tag under water in its own elements, or the divers are better under water swimmers than any shark evading seal known to man. Yeah right! HOAX!!

August 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(322) Todd says:

I agree with Roy.
It was entertaining. It was a movie. Nothing more.
I loved the part where the added the shark in the Nazi submarine pictures.
Classic. Too many people are taking this way too seriously.
This is a latest version of “War of the Worlds”.
They should have took the time to make sure the names used in the movie somehow showed up in google searches.
By the number of comments, Discovery must of hit the mark. No apologies required from me.

August 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm
(323) JohnnyJ says:

Annoyed, not entertained by Discovery Channel and their sister networks. My kids got sucked into this and really believed it even though I kept telling them the whole time this can’t be real. Even did Google searches during the show to show that this stuff can’t be found. Fool me, whatever. Fool my kids, now I’ll go out of my way to get even.

I did no DVR this trash, so can someone get a list of the Advertisers who paid to have their name promoted during this sham of a show (commercials) and go after them. They are just as GUILTY as DC since they had to have been told up front this was a fake. Yes, they got us to watch and now talk about it, which is no doubt their original goal. But I’m not sure they are expecting as much negative responses. Take away their money via advertisers and we’ll see who laughs last.

August 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm
(324) Tristan says:

Oh my gosh people, chill out! Have some fun! No duh it’s not real, the whale was CGI. This whole documentary is meant to be a fun way to tell about megaladon. No need for yelling at Discovery! I, for one, enjoyed it and comend Discovery for being able to have a little fun during Shark Week.

August 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(325) Texastorp says:

Yea even the boat underwater looked fake it is a cool concept but they should have said this isn’t real or something. The mermaid thing wasn’t even believable

August 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm
(326) Erin says:

At the end of the show it states that the names were dramatized because the real scientists that researched it doesn’t want their names exposed. It also states that the movie is based off true events. You’re not going to find many reliable sources about this boat attack because in all honesty it’s not really a big deal to the world. You could tell from the beginning that the movie was fiction. You’re the dumbass that wrote a whole article about it before thinking out the facts or maybe LOOKING at the end credits that rolled at the end of the movie, that clearly states what I just said. Everybody that agreed with this guy didn’t do their research either apparently. Discovery channel stated that movie was fake, please find better things to be upset about

August 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm
(327) Ria says:

Searched google an youtube . Not a single thing to backup thisDr. Fake Drake stories or finding. Read somewhere he is an actor an discovery sunk to a new low. Shame .

August 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm
(328) Paul says:

Far more disturbing to me than a fake documentary is the soft porn (naked and afraid) that discovery has stooped to. Gone are the days of trustworthy programming.

August 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm
(329) rdoll says:

Marty, have you ever been fishing? If you have, which fish do you see, the little ones or the big ones? Now which ones do you catch? Nature seems to have a pecking order on who gets eaten first based on a size pyramid. Nature also seems to replenish each species based on this same size pyramid. Those most likely to get eaten first are replenished in the highest volume. I think it is entirely possible and maybe even probable. That Megalodon exist. Here’s why:

1. Top of the food chain predator
2. Extremely large size
3. Solitary existence
4. Long gestation period and low number reproduction
5. Huge territory and deep water to live in
6. Huge ocean to be observed in even under best of circumstances
7. Long life span
8. Probably less than 100 animals in existence at any one time all over the world throughout their history of existence.
9. 97% of the world oceans are unexplored with deep water being almost completely unexplored

August 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm
(330) Johnny says:


A better way to make learning about Megalodon fun would be to promote this as a movie, “Shark Week’s first feature film” or something like that. But no, that would’ve been the smart thing to do.

August 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm
(331) Andrew says:

I have to agree with you. I also found to many loop holes in the entire show, from the initial footage of the “sinking”, to the final attack on the cage with the cheesy water cannon explosions when the divers were knocked out of the cage. The British have an expression for all of this, “What a load of old bollocks”!
The show was somewhat entertaining, but that was it, strictly entertainment.
Oh yeah, how quickly can they actually supply you with a full size Whale decoy?
Nice try Discovery, but please don’t treat us like bloody idiots.

August 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm
(332) Disappointed with Discovery says:

You took all the words out of my mouth. Very well said Mr. Strauss!

August 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm
(333) Marty says:

I was not stating that Megalodon does or does not exist. I was simply stating an argument to your logic of a big shark existing.

Facts: average adult mate you stated was 5’10″
average adult great white is 15′

You were saying that double human averages do exist (in statistics that is known as an outlier that is more than 2 or 3 standard deviations away from the average). I am agreeing with you that yes they exist, hence the Yao Ming example.

However, that should be like stating that double the average Great White of 15 feet would make the occasional occurrence of close to a 30ft shark. I 100% agree with that. But out of all the sharks that have been observed the average has been roughly 15 feet. So you were doubling an extreme outlier as I previously stated. Which brings me back to the NBA player. Do you believe you can find a man twice his length? You are simply doubling the largest outlier.

And to answer your question… Yes, I have been fishing. No I do not catch the biggest fish out there. I am a scuba diver. No I do not see the biggest fish out there. Yes, I believe there are much bigger then I have seen scuba diving or caught fishing (we aren’t talking sharks here just fish in general)… I was simply just trying to say that your logic for a Great White to exist by doubling the length of the biggest ever seen is preposterous

August 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(334) AnonnEmouse says:

found it hard to believe so I paused viewing to google the shark attack on the charter boat… found nothing. Then I find this article!! Shame on you discovery channel! I am watching this with kids who are believing this! We mistook discovery channel as being educational and worthwhile!

August 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm
(335) Scott says:

I too would like clarification. I started by researching the driver who joined them for the majority of the show, Mike Bhana and found he was indeed a diver and had done documentaries in the past. I am still curious when nothing pulled up when searching the charter accident.


August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm
(336) Charlcie says:

To be honest…I enjoyed Discovery Channel’s “Mermaid: The Body Found” because frankly I never entertained the remotest idea that mermaids were anything but mythical creatures. However, when I tune into “Shark Week” I do so with the expectation that I will be presented with science-based information (albeit presented in an entertaining manner). There may be some scientific hypotheses out there that can entertain the possibility that Megalodon may survive somewhere in small numbers, but Discovery chose to reduce their credibility by resorting to Blair Witchesque filming – Hollywood smoke and mirrors. Shame!

August 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm
(337) austen says:

i think all of you who are going to stop watching shark week or discovery channel forever should stop acting like a child and grow up. maybe discovery is trying to mix things up a bit instead of have all the same shows every year and just having more installment of air jaws. and just so people dont say i work for discovery channel you should know im 14 and after reading this stuff i feel like i am more mature than any of you on this website.

August 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm
(338) Sean says:

If those were real people, then I’m pissed how disrespectful they were of them…and if not…then I’m pissed how staged it all was…

Then after the show they have the guy that was in the water at the end. You can ask what he saw, if the sensor was actually attached to anything (or just sinking to the bottom as seems obvious), but no…let’s throw it to the comedian dressed as a shark for more insights.

I want my two hours back!

August 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm
(339) Kristin says:

Last night I wasted 2 hours of my life that I will never get back. Shame on the Discovery Channel for showing such garbage. At the beginning of the show, I kept thinking to myself, “Why have I not heard about this shipwreck? Why has the possible discovery of Megalodon been in the news?’

What a sham of a documentary. I am not totally turned off of Shark Week. :(

August 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm
(340) Furtheron says:

Sorry to say this was nothing but BS and smoke and mirrors! Look at the pic of what SA coast watcher ‘sposed to have taken…. If know anything about them they sit up high on the hillsides to get a better “down” look on the beaches and the pic is a low angle pic of the whale also they should have put more $$ into “building that shot” as you can see the “fin” is clearly a re-touch on the pic…..
I like to watch this stuff just for a laugh…. Just like those knuckleheads from the BFRO on another program …. I think there maybe many things we do not know about….yet… but programs like this with bad special effects this is bull……
Still waiting for a real program…….

August 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm
(341) Rok says:

So excited for Shark Week to start! Then it stared. First thought, boating footage looked staged. Look on the faces on the researches looked like they were not being truthful.

Then all we talked about was why would Discovery try to make us think its real. Just say it’s a MAYBE. Could this happen? Simple.

Shark week went from Shark WEEK to Shark WEAK. Thanks DIscovery!!!

August 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(342) WasaDCfan says:

Well said Mr. Strauss! I couldn’t find any info on the two biologist or the lost fishing vessel. D.C. has lost all credibility with us. We see this channel now as purely entertainment. How can D.C. present this show as a documentary? Someone made a comment about making a documentary about unicorns and throwing in a bunch of facts about horses. That’s exactly what was done here. Should have remembered that they did a show about mermaids. We were duped!!

August 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm
(343) Pantiesnotinbunch says:

Guys, it’s just a show, no reason to be upset. The purpose of these are for your entertainment not education. And Mermaids was on Animal Planet… Just take a breath, keep calm, and read a book if you wanna learn something.

August 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(344) Margarita says:

I have spent a good part of the day researching these clown from last night senceless documentary on Discovery Channel, and guess what? There not real. Patheric! I should have watched The Real Housewife of New Jersey there’re are real as they can get!

August 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm
(345) Eric woollard says:

That was the dumbest thing i ever seen just watched it and i tried to look every place they found a photo or a picture or couldnt find madelyn jubert very very bad, was looking forward to watching this but wow what a waste atleast mermaids was intersting

August 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm
(346) Shaaaaaaaaaaark! says:

Staged or not, I still wanna shoot off a chum-gun!

August 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(347) Russ says:

It was a “crock-umentary”. After the success Al Gore, got twisting science into a horror film, it was only a matter of time, before the copy-cats would try to do the same. Won’t be long before the taxpayers are on the hook, for a govt funded megalodon research program.

August 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(348) Johnny says:

Th http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2013/08/megalodon-fake-documentary-kicks-off-shark-week-2013/

“Fictitious animal,” huh? It seems as if stunts like this really do have consequences. There are probably more people now who will think of Megalodon as a joke only.

August 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm
(349) rthiott says:

My biggest question about last nights show……
“What happen to the dummy whale they were towing at shows end?”

August 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm
(350) Robert D says:

Discovery continues to lose its credibility. This was not a true documentary, it was fictitious junk television. Boycott Discovery Channel until they clean up their act!

August 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm
(351) Charles Austin Miller says:

Well, the fraudulence of “Megalodon” notwithstanding, I’m amused that so many people think Discovery Channel is “adopting” the fantasy tactics of Animal Planet and The Learning Channel.

Discovery Communications International actually OWNS Discovery Channel, AND Animal Planet AND The Learning Channel AND The Science Channel, as well as 30 OTHER cable channels.

These are NOT independent channels. Discovery OWNS all of them, and they consistently offer FRAUDULENT and FANTASY programming.

Welcome to Discovery Communications International, people. It’s all fake.

August 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm
(352) Jen says:

At a time when sharks are at greatest risk from humans I am shocked that ANY television channel associated at all with science would add to the demonization of such creatures. Shame on Discovery for adding to the ignorance and fear. Fabricating a story of a shark killing boaters! Not everyone would bother to look it up or question the validity of a show, like the people leaving comments here did.

August 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm
(353) Jessica says:

I love sharks and look forward to shark week. I have to say that my heart is broken. Discovery has lost all credibility and has become a joke. Shark week used to be informative and inspiring.. now, its just sad. I miss the discovery days where they showed wild cat shows and documentaries ( real ones) on African animals and jungle wildlife. What happened???

August 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm
(354) Reed says:

Wait, wait wait… so you mean that recovered video footage was fake? I quickly realized the rest of the show was fake but that first scene of the boat being attacked was so intense! I can’t find any info on it either. I to shall boycott Discovery!

August 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm
(355) frontstmaui says:

I was 7 minutes into it when I googled everything and eventually discovered what I had hoped not to be true. All false. I don’t watch shark week for fictitious material. I would enjoy watching the same re-runs of actual shark encounters than hearing about a make believe shark named “Submarine”. At least be somewhat original with a name…

August 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm
(356) Dave says:

An alias for this program could easily have been “The Blair Witch of the Sea”. The Discovery Channel has reached new depths with this “documentary”. I was looking for a program to start off Shark Week with some bite to it, but instead was caught up in a feeding frenzy of unsupported pseudo-science, backed by innuendo, and supported by your basic flimflammery. Here are just a few of the tell-tales of this tall tale: 1) Scientists taking huge leaps based on the flimsiest of “evidence”. 2) Photographs presented in support of the premise that appeared photo-shopped. 3) Camera work performed as if on cue; e.g., at the very moment that Madelyn Joubert fired the tagging harpoon. 4) Cameras and communications equipment suddenly failing at the most crucial moment. 5) No corroboration with known experts before, during or after the program. 6) Who in their right mind would enter a shark cage designed for protection from normal sharks to tag a fifty-plus foot eating machine that could swallow a school bus whole and come back to the depot for seconds? In regards to “submarine”, in my opinion it is within the realm of possibilities that a thirty-foot great white could be roaming the sea, and that is the only concession I will give.

August 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm
(357) Wayne says:

To all those people out there with no integrity. A lie is a lie, and Disc. Ch. lied to people. I watched about the first 5 to 10 min.of the lie then started my research (already believing it to be a fake)and sure enough it was. So I turned it off.I think those of you out there who think it is ok to be lied to (just for ratings and the furtherance of pushing the theory of global warming)should keep educating your lives wis disc. ch. bogus lies to further your low or no integrity lives. But those of us who do have integrity will no longer watch a chan. That lies to us. That is what’s so wrong with this country, a lot of you are followers with no integrity to stand up for truth and then live bye it !!!!!!

August 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm
(358) David Tripp says:

“Viewer discretion advised” usually cautions viewers that they may be about to see content of a violent, sexual nature. Apparently, at the Discovery Channel it means that their documentaries may use actors, deception, manufactured evidence, and flat out lies, in a blatant attempt to dupe their viewers and exploit their formerly successful Shark Week series. “Snuffy the Seal” promos were funny. “Megalodon” was CRAP! Shame on me for buying it for even one minute.

August 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm
(359) Joanne says:

I caught this “documentary” in the middle and was momentarily fooled as well…I thought the Discovery Channel was legit…I dislike being misled…

August 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm
(360) Nicole says:

I hope Discovery Channel reads all of this negative feedback and has enough sense to never make a fake documentary again!!!! I am officially DONE with shark week!

August 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm
(361) David Tripp says:

talk about jumping the shark!

August 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(362) Charles Austin Miller says:

There was no boat attack. There is no Channel 3. There is no marine biologist Dr. Collin Drake. There are no photographs from the Chilean Coast Guard or from Nazi subs. There is no video of a half-eaten whale in Hawaii. There is NO SCIENCE behind this stupid mockumentary.

This program was and is pure FANTASY, not based on ANY Science or investigation.

August 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm
(363) Kate Shea says:

Dammiitttt! I was searching for Collin Drake everywhere! Im in love with him shiiiittt!! I hate you DC

August 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm
(364) lisa says:

I have always watched the Discovery channel for interesting topics and thought it a place I could learn a little something. I will forever be disappointed in them and will never trust anything that is run on the Discovery channel. I did “discover” that I don’t like being played the fool and that’s what they did,, to me and other faithful viewers. Shame on you!

August 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm
(365) Tianca says:

You people are intelligent enough to realize most of this Documentary is a recreation of what happened. Honestly, do you think people carry around cameras 24/7 to capture these things real time? Even if you did, how ready are you to actually take pictures, much less film these things. Of course it looks fake, it is.

But that doesn’t mean the facts behind it are fake. Do your research. All he’s doing, whoever he is, is showing the research he did. Where is your research? Until you have proven facts to disprove this, we all need to let it all happen as is.

And just because the Mermaid/Merman show was suspect (to say the least) you can’t compare the two. Mermaids have vast sightings worldwide, clear back in history, centuries back, by unrelated witnesses, in most all continents and countries. They can’t all be wrong. There is so much evidence, (again, do your research) it would be hard to deny there is something to it.

Don’t assume the so called Scientists are correct. They have been proven wrong repeatedly throughout history. No, the earth isn’t flat!!!


August 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm
(366) Morgan Clark says:

BRAVO DISCOVERY!!!!!! I knew this was fake and just a part of shark week because actual news travels faster than it takes make a film. This would have been Block A news on any prime time news network had something like this actually took place. All of you parents out there in America relying on a corporate company to teach your kids About marine biology should have taught your self about the food chain and done research before hand. Your disappointed because a species that died out 1.5 mil years could fool the average joe ? Ignorance is bliss until you get duped by a cheesy production company. I feel bad for any parent that relays on a company for their education and the education of kids raised today. The USA went to war because its easier to sell a point of view that is in contention with FACTS ( wmds and megalodons). Get real people T.V. Is in the entertainment business and yes that means TLC which dropped T.L.C. ( which also means they are not the learning channel) Typical conservative strategy to sell something to the ignorant and uninformed. So, for the good job on the fake doc CONGRATS

August 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm
(367) Dan says:

This show seems just as fake as the Mermaid show that aired earlier in the year.. If you we’re to search that show u will find the so called scientists who were interviewed WERE actually actors.. So I totally believe these scientists are actors as well.. That show also used a some bogus cell phone footage.

August 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm
(368) Janetta says:

Thanks everyone. I too was searching and came up empty, pretty much the same way Discovery has left me..,empty. NO more telling my daughter to research on a Discovery website!

August 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm
(369) Lee says:

I went to discovery channel’s viewer relations page and I am not sure if it is my computer or if they have taken it down but the content of the page is blank. It has this at the top of the page “The World’s #1 Nonfiction Media Company”. What a joke. I would not have cared if they had not listed it in the guide as a ‘documentary.’ I agree that coming up with that whale decoy in two days was a dead give away and when I got ticked off and changed the channel. I would like to be able to contact them and let them know I have blocked their channel on my receiver just to make sure I no longer support their lies.

August 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm
(370) robert says:

not only do I not believe this crap, but it disgusts me to think the discovery channel would allow it to appear on an educationally based network.(or so they say) and using real life tragedies around the world to frame a fraud is appauling.

August 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm
(371) rick says:

what a crock Discovery Channel… You should be ashamed of yourselves. Shark Week is always been educational and this was just plain BS first of all there’s no way to recover a memory chip out of the camera good enough to get that quality of pictureand last of all there is no way South Africa would have let them chum that much in one area South African laws about chuming are very strict due to the fact that they do you have great white sharks everywhere and don’t want to draw them in closer to shore what a waste of time Discovery Channel might as well put something on the SciFi channel.

August 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm
(372) scot says:

It was obvious this was not a real documentry from the start,was sorta a kick off to shark week. If you thought otherwise then thats your fault.
Take it for its entertainment value and leave it.

August 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm
(373) Tony says:

Wow very disappointed! I have been watching shark week for many years and now they release this bull$4t! This is pathetic! Discovery you suck A$$!!!!!! Take ur fake $hlt and stick it up ur u know what. U have just lost the credibility with alot of ur viewers! Shame on you. Just utter garbage

August 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm
(374) Rjf says:

Thanks Discovery, I can officially not waste any storage space on my DVR now due to that debacle…

August 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm
(375) Samuel C says:

Wow such siily people, A year and six months ago my half-sister Anita was studying at the University of Johannesberg and fell in love with one of her professors. He told her about the disappearance of a swimmer named Julie. Seems as though this local Sheriff by the name of Brody took a small row boat and chased the huge fish and killed it. Anita shoved Professor Drake into the sea. A great white bit off the Professor’s body and the head bobbed along singing, ” I ain’t got noooo bodyyyyy..” True story.

August 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(376) Tom says:

Sharks live in the sea they also eat there Dah colin just had an acting gig shows how with little effort and one fact, sharks bite, u can b on discovery

August 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm
(377) Matt says:

Well yeah we all realize the load of crap that megalodon was. But despite the terrible acting n such at least it was mildly entertaining. Shark week has mostly been the same for years other than the filming of the great whites breaching, and people having the balls to go swim near them. Without a cage. Fact of the matter is sharks seem to be incredibly difficult and expensive to study any more thoroughly than what has been done. What they showed us was just a b movie documentary where they tickled our imaginations with plausibility of a monster in the depths with an hour of second guessing ourselves, if it was complete crap or just embellished stretched truths. I’m just disappointed that they weren’t more upfront about it being completely faked. That drake was no scientist he acted and talked way to much like an actor. Now that professor from the college in California on rogue sharks that is a scientist. Huge difference in demeanor. And another thing that bothered me that was just dumb on megalodon was when those two were thrashed out of the shark cage at the end and pulled to safety, why wasn’t there any signs of a chum slick around them right after they created the worlds biggest chum slick? Because the actors would sue the network if they were actually bit by a shark unlike an actual scientist hah

August 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm
(378) Tara says:

So fake it’s just sad. I really don’t watch much tv anymore because of fake junk on all the channels.

August 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm
(379) Matt says:

I am extremely disapointted in this sham of a “documentary.” I have watched the Discovery Channel for years, and I have seen a few shows come and go that were made for, what seems like, monetary value. Granted they are mostly built around actual, real-life ideas for entertainment value. This ‘Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives’ feels more like a Mockumentary than a Documentary. As others stated, I did what any self-educating person does and I started running several searches on information given. Basically, I’m not prone to just believing anything you see or hear without doing a little research for myself. After looking for quite sometime, no evidence of the boat accident seems to be found. The ‘Team’ members I searched for have nothing anywhere to indicate they even exist, and people on a hunt of this magnitude would certainly have some sort of information somewhere to be found, especially in this era of so much information being placed online. The next thing that just made it worse for me was watching each person that was interviewed, biologists included. It just seemed very scripted and organized a little too well. We’ve all seen the shows where we hope to see something spectacular with these underwater explorations, but problems always arise. This wasn’t the case with this particular “Documentary.” I just hope this type of show production doesn’t begin a trend. I already think that you should believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see, but this type of programing will make me cut that back even more.

August 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm
(380) TURBO350Z says:

The acting was horrible, if Denzel was in there I would believe it, even if the sharks were dropped from a UFO from the planet galazar that I’m sure discovery will make a mockumentary about after reading this post!

August 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm
(381) Saddened mommy says:

I too waited like a child at Christmas for the beginning of shark week! Unlike the rest of you, I thought the discovery channel showed documentaries and non fictional programming. I watched on edge for the hole two hours believing that the staging or reenactments were just that! Only to find my cynical hubby google searching the biologists. I lost that bet with hubby and Discovery lost its credibility with me. I will now watch for pure entertainment only. Sincerely disappointed,

August 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm
(382) kevin says:

is the submarine white real or is it as fake as this bull they put on the air. so sad dc keep it real.

August 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm
(383) Nick says:

Complete sham. You would think they could have at least faked the photos better and gotten more believable actors. Even the protagonist changed his mind rather quickly. For all you disappointed people, Nat Geo Wild is have shark fest this week and so far it’s been actual documentaries. I know I’m leaving Discovery & headed there! Happy watching!

August 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm
(384) tex montana says:

If it took you more than three or four seconds to realize this show was strictly entertainment…

August 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm
(385) Michelle Burke says:

Totally dissapointed by this program. I have two children who both love shark week and we all gathered aroumd to watch opening night. Not long into the show I found myself secretively looking up non-existant information and having to tell my two girls that the show they were watching and diving deeper into was nothing more than a made up movie. Truely dissapointed Discovery!!!

August 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm
(386) harletrider66 says:

Can anyone say ‘SHARKNADO”???

August 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm
(387) Cheryl says:

How disappointing to learn Discovery is luring their viewers by chumming their audience with fiction of gigantic proportion with Megaladon. We have watched Shark Week for years — no more. Were any of the shows truthful? Jacques Cousteau would be ashamed of this programming if he were alive.

August 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm
(388) Trent says:

Discovery has always been a reliable nonfiction channel. I sure hope they don’t continue to air these fake shows. At least FULLY disclose the story is fictional. Create a separate discovery2 channel for this crap. The show was entertaining but entirely misleading. I would have still watched it if they would have not tried to mislead their viewers. The new younger generation at the Discovery Channel are probably trying something new which is going to backfire as they turn the channel into a tabloid that no one wants to watch anymore.

August 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm
(389) Laura says:

Disgusting! My first clue the show was a sham: I couldn’t find any reference of the charter boat attack on the Internet. Second clue: My husband wanted to know how Discovery came upon the video of the attack.

August 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm
(390) Lisa says:

Discovery jumped the Megaladon shark! Too bad. I actually respected them.

August 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm
(391) Trent says:

Discovery Executives: although this was an entertaining show please stop with the fictional stories. Your new generation of employees is going to make your channel lose its credibility and turn you into nothing more than a tabloid channel no one will want to watch. You need to understand your viewers are intelligent and watch your channel to learn. Put these movies on a sister channel and disclose they are fictional.

August 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(392) David F says:

I agree with all those that are disapointed in Discovery for putting on a “BS” program and it making it all seem “real”. I don’t mind fantasy or science fiction, but don’t spin it as reality. What a waste!

August 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm
(393) Haley J. says:

I totally agree! Discovery is known for its informational documentaries and I was completely let down. Watching the first few minutes I knew it was a phony. I remember a year or two ago when Discovery came out with the documentary about the existing Mermaids. Totally let down that Discovery is making up fake information and portraying it real- just to get ratings and more viewers. Oh well

August 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm
(394) Mickey Mouse says:

What a joke!!!! makes me not want to watch anymore shark week shows!!! What a waste of time! Makes me sick! You SUCK!

August 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm
(395) Jon says:

Vastly disappointed. I had to double check that I wasn’t on the Sci-Fi channel. I once thought that the Discovery Channel was a great help in teaching my sons about nature and science but now I see that the only true thing worth watching is Mythbusters. All else is suspect now.

August 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm
(396) Burt Wonderstone says:

This pseudo-documentary was full of erroneous facts, unsubstantiated claims, obviously staged or otherwise suspicious video and hosted by questionable characters. I was as convinced by this film of the possibility of Megaladon swimming today as I have been of the reality of subjects of bigfoot searches, ghost hunters, and ufo sightings films currently on cable.
Thanks for waisting my time Discovery channel.

August 5, 2013 at 8:31 pm
(397) Collin says:

Remember when MTV used to play music videos?
I hope in 5 years we arent saying “Remember when Discovery used to show great non fictional shows”

This is the most I’ve been disappointed with Discovery since they cancelled Storm Chasers.

Come on Discovery! Keep it real

August 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm
(398) Well then..... says:

It was fake, but it at least gave some facts to learn by. At least there was truth behind the computer creating the fake. Gave a point of view on the “what ifs” and you never know. Only 5% of the oceans have been explored…what’s in the other 95%?….large amount of space that could hold a mega predator….just makes me curious on what else will be found within the next years….I agree that it should not be labeled a documentary and be more of a fictional movie.

August 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(399) kethry says:

Another channel I will no longer be watching.

August 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm
(400) Paul says:

For those that didn’t realize this was fiction provided for entertainment purpose only I really don’t know what to say…not shame on Discovery, shame on you.

August 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm
(401) William says:

As I watched this last night, something seemed odd about the Marine Biologist “Collin Drake” video inserts. I pulled out my iphone and looked up any information about the sunken ship, new discoveries about Megalodon, possible sightings or anything remotely possible about it’s present day existence. I was very skeptical at this point and became even more so with the “live special” that came on afterwards. Today, I continued looking up any corroborating evidence to support the documentary and found none. Shame on the Discovery Channel for broadcasting this without a disclaimer of some kind. Pseudo science!! No better than cryptozoology tv shows. Fun to watch and speculate but why pass it off as real?

August 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm
(402) Disappointment Channel says:

I am very disappointed in The Disappointment Channel.

I used to love this channel. Crazy they want to mislead everyone. This channel used to put on god shows, that would educate and teach. Now, I have to try and explain to my kids, that Megladon is extinct, and has been of a long time.

Shame on Discovery.

Change channel.

The End

August 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm
(403) Bandot says:

Discovery did have to mislead people. I would have been happy to watch a real show on Megalodon. There is enough stupidity in the world and Discovery Channel does not need to add to it. With their shows about Alaska Gold, Oil Drilling reality shows and spin offs, they have gone far and away from science. A sad state for a company that once had good educational documentaries.

August 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm
(404) Boycott Discovwry Cnannel says:

Shameful, manipulative, and idiotic effort by the so-called Discovery Channel. Also disturbing that a handful of morons are somehow ‘defending’ the indefensible. Indeed, this is like that ‘mermaid’ garbage. Mixing pure fiction and fantasy and presenting it as a ‘documentary’ with ‘real scientists’ takes Dumbing Down to unprecedented levels. Pure B.S. that should really piss everybody off .


August 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm
(405) Nathalia SC says:

EVERYTHING was fake! WTF was that accent from the brazilian guy?! I’m brazilian and that is not the brazilian portuguese! Totally an actor. And all the footage you could see that they were not recorded with a usual/handycam… Jeez, I’m don’t know WTF is wrong with Discovery Channel.

August 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm
(406) Michael Osborne says:

Jacques Cousteau is rolling over in his grave.

Nuff said!

August 5, 2013 at 11:04 pm
(407) Cody. says:

How about you all, instead of wasting your time complaining, try to actually do something about it? Its not just the Discovery Channel that scripts almost every second of their shows. Its more than likely every thing you waste your effort focusing your eyes on that shows on your television.
Quit your blubbering and get active.

August 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm
(408) Paul Narbut says:

What a joke. I thought this was supposed to be The Discovery Channel not Scifi. The opening footage immediately made me think Blair Witch Project. Why would Discovery stoop to trying to pass this off as real…did someone say “ratings”? This belongs on Scifi channel along with Mega-piranha, Sharktopus and Sharknado to mention only a couple of B movies you can tune into to catch a laugh. SHAME on you Discovery Channel.

August 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm
(409) Mark Marcus says:

The Discovery Channel has joined the ranks of Maury Povich by catering to the lowest common denominator. I for one, am very disappointed in them… I will more than likely not return to the Discovery Channel in the future…

August 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm
(410) Paul Narbut says:

Wait a second…for a moment I thought I was tuning into Discovery channel then I realized I made a mistake and was watching a Syfy marathon…Mega-Piranha, Sharktopus, Sharknado, and now Megalodon…LOL. From the opening moments of the show all I could think was Blair Witch Project.

August 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm
(411) Mike says:

Though it was hokey from the start. Quick google search just saved me the 1 hour I would have wasted watching fiction on discovery channel. Thanks for the article.

August 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm
(412) Peter says:

Flipping through the channels I remembered it was shark week and saw this show was starting. As soon as the boat was attacked and I saw what I thought was the people trying to do some camera work I hit info to see if this was a movie. Nope and since it was the Discovery Channel I was all ready to go all in on the show. So now I was interested as I thought maybe it was a reenactment setting up the documentary. Why did I think this? Probably more out of hope that this was real and didn’t question it as I proceeded to watch it. Then as it hit the time to walk the dog I thought about recording the last 1/2 hour. For whatever reason I googled something about the show and realized I had been had. It was fake! Funny, I would have loved it if was on Syfy!

August 6, 2013 at 12:02 am
(413) Charles Austin Miller says:

@ Tianca… Tianca says: “Of course it looks fake, it is. But that doesn’t mean the facts behind it are fake. Do your research.”

We’ve all done our research, Tianca. There was NEVER a boat attack off the South African coast. There is NO Channel 3 on the South African coast. There is NO marine biologist Dr. Collin Drake. His sonar readout of sharks was LAUGHABLY fake. The Chilean Coast Guard story was a fake, it never happened, and the photo of a giant shark from the Chilean account was very poor Photoshop. The Nazi photo of a giant shark was also fake, more Photoshop. The Hawaiian footage and photo of a half-eaten whale were ALSO fake, it never happened. I can go on, but this thread has already recounted all the instances of fakery.

Now, Tianca, exactly what “facts” did YOUR research reveal? Oh? You never researched ANY of this mockumentary? Figures.

August 6, 2013 at 12:51 am
(414) John Hogg says:

Are we able to get a petition going for Discovery to apologize to all it’s viewers on tv for the Mermaid show and this one . I am having some real arguments with my father over this , I cannot get him to understand that the show is fake . We just go back and forth about how none of it is real and he tells me how there are real scientists and real footage . Discovery channel is responsible for this and they should apologize for it .

August 6, 2013 at 12:57 am
(415) DaniS says:

This didn’t upset me as much as most, if only because I was made extremely skeptical of the major “discoveries” after Discovery Channel did Dragon’s World a couple years ago…

August 6, 2013 at 1:33 am
(416) Danielle says:


August 6, 2013 at 2:31 am
(417) John Drake says:

There was a time when Discovery was so Awesome that a bunch of soliders in Iraq named an outpost after it. Now, I’m rather pissed to be named Drake

August 6, 2013 at 3:59 am
(418) Colin Drake says:

Wait! So you are telling me a Sharknado is not a real natural phenomenon either?!?!

August 6, 2013 at 5:21 am
(419) Charles Austin Miller says:

“Sharknado” is REAL. So is “Sharkalanche”… LOL…

But, I mean, seriously, there IS a distinction to be made between SyFy’s ridiculous original productions and Discovery’s.

When we go to the SyFy Channel, we KNOW what we’re walking into… We know it’s “Piranhaconda” and all of that Adobe AfterEffects crap that the drug-induced SyFy geeks hallucinate. We know that. Good clean insanity.

On the other hand, Discovery has a history of factual documentaries, and that’s what we expect. Sometimes they went crazy sensational, with their effect editing software, but there was always a SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATION with Discovery documentaries.

Beyond that, Discovery Communications International (DCI) officially describes its overall programming content as “NON-FICTION”…

So, what the HELL is this trend in the last few years with DCI fabricating and marketing PURE FICTION?

“Mermaids: The Body Found” on Animal Planet was ridiculously fake, as was its sequel. But bright, intelligent viewers thought it was REAL. I talked to a state-employed animal wrangler down in Texas, a guy who technologically relocates problem animals, a guy who is as much scientist as cowboy, a guy with extraordinary powers of observation, and he was SUCKERED by “Mermaids: The Body Found.”

He was astonished when I explained to him that it was pure bunk based on no Science whatsoever.

See, this is not about “entertaining” people… It’s more like DISINFORMING PEOPLE when they come to your channel EXPECTING a certain standard of integrity and HONESTY.

So, where is this trend coming from? Who thinks that DUMBING DOWN people is good clean fun, I ask you?

August 6, 2013 at 5:59 am
(420) Luke says:

just wondering how do u know its fake cause i went online and was reading stuff on this incident before this showed aired….just saying i mean sit may have been fake but how do u know it was….how do u know that itwas real cause u know what im accually an advent beliver that this shark is still alive…theres was cabon dating of a tooth from this shark that dated 10000 year ago but scientests say it went extinct 2 million years ago….i think when scientest just say something is extinct they just dont wanna admit there wrong…mind i do agree that there should be video evidance or at least photo evidance to prove there right so i mean i think its still alive but we will have to wait and see

August 6, 2013 at 8:10 am
(421) John says:

Here is the disclaimer:

“None of the institutions or agencies that appear in the film are affiliated with it in any way, nor have approved its contents. Though certain events and characters in this film have been dramatized, sightings of ‘Submarine’ continue to this day. Megalodon was a real shark. Legends of giant sharks persist all over the world. There is still debate about what they might be.”

August 6, 2013 at 9:20 am
(422) Kat says:

I really think we have other things we don’t know about in the bottom of the ocean. Things like 60 foot sharks and giant squids would scare many people. Who knows what the government is telling us. Aliens might be real. We might die in the next three days because of a meteor but the GOVERNMENT would, in fact, NOT tell us. They just don’t want us going on a rampage because we are scared and confused. How pitiful, America.

August 6, 2013 at 9:51 am
(423) The signs were there says:

Should we have known this would be fake? The signs were there weren’t they:

1. The snuffy ads.
2. Wasn’t it discovery that sponsored lance Armstrong?

August 6, 2013 at 10:31 am
(424) Christine says:

..and why would the divers go into the water with a camera BUT NO LIGHTING?? If they hoped to record existence of anything you’d need to actually see it. Also why would the computers etc in the ship stop working when a shark became near them? It’s ridiculous.

August 6, 2013 at 10:56 am
(425) So stupid says:

SHARK WEEK SUCKS! I was watching Megalodon and I saw some crap come on discovery channel. I could watch
Dora The Explorer and get more information about animals than what these idiots are putting on tv. I hate discovery channel. I’d rather go sit outside and try to discover things myself.

August 6, 2013 at 11:36 am
(426) Rory says:

I can’t believe I wasted any of my life on this trash how could any cold harted corporation fool a ton of kids who think megaladon could really be alive I mean syfy would have been ok but on discovery on shark week I mean ugh

August 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm
(427) picmanbob says:

@Luke and Charles Austin Miller

Charles – KUDOS, well spoken. What these fools don’t understand is that ZERO, NONE, NILL, ZAPSVILLE scientists have put their name to this mess (or Mermaids, too).

Luke – the force IS NOT w/ you. I’m familiar w/ the 10000 yr carbon date, and this has been DISPUTED. Ask yourself this question… why would DCI have to fabricate all the aforementioned stuff IF they had real facts to stand behind?

You’ll become extinct long before you get to “wait and see” if it’s real

August 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm
(428) David Gardner says:

Discovery channel should be made to fund a real research expedition on the megalodon.

August 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm
(429) ed says:

It was just like watching Fox news!

August 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm
(430) Arlin says:

Sigh… my husband was just telling me today about how he watched this show on the weekend, and since has been telling everyone he knows about the megaladon. Today he even told someone he just met from South Africa, to which the response was, “I don’t think so”. I guess I should have stayed up Saturday night to point out to him that it was fake.

August 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm
(431) nana says:

Ever since the program “Mermaids, The Body Found” I have become reluctant to believe any “documentary” style shows. Shame on.Discovery for having fake programming and trying to pass it off as real. That’s why I don’t really watch Discovery much anymore. They are not the educational ahow thwy used to be.

August 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm
(432) marty says:

I find stories of shark attacks interesting and this caught my eye-however like others I did some research and couln’t find any articles to the fact a ship went down with its passengers in April/2012. What lays beneath the sea is still mystery to us all,am sure there could very well be 100 ft sharks,but where is the evidence to their being.Hope the Discovery Channel thinks twice before airing such shows as children may never go swimming again…

August 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm
(433) xcannataro says:

Did anyone else see when they were talking about the nazi U boats that the picture of the “shark” were two completely different pictures.

August 6, 2013 at 9:05 pm
(434) Jaz says:

I think it was a rip-off! I thought it was true and I got so excited about it! I was extreemly disapointed when I found out it was just a ascam. Next thing on the to do list: Sue the discovery channel!

August 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm
(435) Big Mike says:

Had watched this when it came on to preview before letting my 6 year olds watch. My wife and i were googeling in th 1st 15 minutes. Just very irresponsible broadcasting on Discovery channels part. I did watch with my boys after explaining what a mocumentary was and taking the time to look up legitimate facts to best answer their and my own questions. Thats the only positive we got from this show.

August 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm
(436) Paul says:

Blair Witch project meets Jaws if you ask me.

August 7, 2013 at 4:41 am
(437) Sean k says:

I smelled BS from the get go but was completely entertained! I was %100 sure of the BS I smelled when the disclaimer flew by at the end.. made me think of Blair witch project and how stupid yet entertaining it was.. absolutely better than the voodoo shark show with the heart attack waiting to happen idiot from Louisiana (captain blimp) making all of us look bad down here.. why can’t they pick normal people from the south to film!?!?! God forbid the rest of the country see that there are educated normal people in Louisiana that don’t eat fried oreos for breakfast or feed their dogs little Debbie’s.. chocolate is poison to dogs idiot!!! Quit it!! Sorry for the rant y’all.. just frustrated plus I wanted megalodon to still be swimming around sooo bad!!!

August 7, 2013 at 9:07 am
(438) Malcolm Wallace says:

I now place Discovery Channel in the same category as the Cartoon Network. Its fantasy and entertainment only; however, since DSC tried pulling our leg…all offended viewers should send a clear message to DSC by boycotting all advertisers on their channel (defund DSC).

August 7, 2013 at 10:10 am
(439) Angie says:

I tuned in as well and was disappointed by the “real” video and photos. I do believe there is several creatures in the depths we don’t know about and it wouldn’t surprise me if it did exist but to air a show about it and claim to prove it does but to go about it so poorly to have very fake looking video and photos and the biggest disappointment was the whole not being able to google the wreck of the boat. They should have put a disclaimer on the screen that this is a fictional video and not true at all!

August 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm
(440) Rebecca says:

As someone who is studying to be a shark biologist pure disappointment is what comes to mind in terms of how I feel about that show and Discovery Channel in general right now. I study sharks daily & when I saw this show about the boat attack, Collin Drake and Madelyn Joubert I thought it was kind of odd that I had never heard of any of them before…so of course I went to do some research & to my surprise, found nothing. I watch Shark Week to gain insight & to hopefully learn some new information that I didn’t know before. I have been watching Shark Week for years & it has always held my attention; I just think it’s a shame that the Discovery Channel felt that they had to make up a story to keep viewers.

August 7, 2013 at 10:04 pm
(441) Jessica says:

I am shocked and disappointed that so many intelligent adults believed this was real.

August 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm
(442) Rich says:

It was cool to see I won’t lie. People will always believe what they want but the two biggest things that gave it away where the “attack” on fake whale. Every other shark breaches the surface when attacking its prey. This “shark” just blew air like a whale’s blowhole. The second thing was at the end the show a underwater clip of the cage submerged with the vessels spot lights and “Megalodon” swimming past. One, if that was real, they would have proof instead of saying its unknown. Two, if it was a fake clip then all of the other clips could have bee faked. Not to mention the camera recording this moves at the end and don’t move like it was underwater, it was too fast and jagged wile underwater would be smooth and fluid. Just say its fake an I would have enjoyed it better Discovery…

August 8, 2013 at 3:12 am
(443) Eydie says:

From the beginning of this Discovery Doc I felt it gave the overtones of the debunked Blair Witch Project. Same sort of parody.. I did some investigating with the same results..
I won’t go into how disappointed I am in The Discovery Chanel, I will quickly end this by saying SHAME ON YOU DISCOVERY CHANEL!

August 8, 2013 at 9:47 am
(444) You guys are killing me! says:

So let me get this straight…..

All of you people that are so disappointed that this show was a fake documentary were actually expecting to receive some sort of confirmation of the Megladon’s continued existence?


Shame on Discovery Channel ?? Ummm……How about shame on you?

August 8, 2013 at 10:23 am
(445) Dale says:

What a joke! I had a feeling from the first moment that “Collin Drake” appeared on screen that he was an actor. This reminds me of that silly “documentary” about Mermaids. A bunch of “marine biologists” talking about the existence of Mermaids. So obvious they were actors as well. I was so looking forward to Shark Week, but that stupid Megalodon “documentary”:, airing on the first night, just put a bad taste in my mouth. I am satisfied watching re-runs of shark docs on Nat Geo Wild instead.

August 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(446) Tom B says:

First, it is a misconception that you can’t prove a negative.

Second, I’m guessing none of you people complaining have actually ever watched Discovery Channel. This is the network with Amish Mafia. It also has Naked & Afraid, Deadliest Catch, Fast & Loud, Sons of Guns just to name a few. It had American Chopper, Swamp Loggers. Where is the science & learning in any of those programs?

I don’t recall hearing any complaints back in 2005 when they aired Supervolcano. It was a realistic version of possible events. There were no ridiculous attempts to stop it. But it was still a fictional movie.

August 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm
(447) Jolie says:

People I bet half of you are atheists. if you read the Bible is all connects. The dates that lead back to when it became extincted is fake. but the facts aren’t. yeah I now props can be made. if you look into science and marine biology it is true. I’m a marine biologist I should know but I was flipping through channels and loved that since I was a kid. But from my 15 year experience, I’m not saying it’s real, but I can say it is possible for a shark that big to exist.

August 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm
(448) Unknown says:

i think that this may be fake, and the “sightings” too, like the half-eaten whale, and the sunken ship. This is a crapload of baloney.

August 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(449) Come on says:

All of you guys who are commenting bad reviews might be wrong. Just give this guy a chance. He could be warning us. If he’s wrong, then it’s not my concern… other than that, just wait until it shows on Fox 5 News or something.

August 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm
(450) Michelle says:

Makes me wonder if anything about Shark Week is real. I am so disappointed with Discovery Channel. Sharks on their own are fascinating creatures living In our waters all over the world. There is so much research and facts about all kinds of sharks that have all of us interested in everything “Shark”. It keeps us coming back for more. But to doop the public with a stupid made up documentary about a dinosaur shark is crossing the line. Be honest with your researchers and facts. That’s what will get you ratings for Shark Week and keep the public watching.

August 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm
(451) Rick says:

I spent a little time looking up footage on all aspects and came up empty. Discovery has lost its way in what made it a good channel to watch when they have to create fictional material to bolster ratings. They are becoming like a few other cable channels and will disappear in a couple of years. Its a shame that the executives would stoop to fiction without even giving a warning to viewers this is a possible scenario and not fact. Bravo!! to the actors playing as scientists. Hope you were paid well to perpetrate such a hoax

August 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm
(452) Ktm250exc says:

Good thing i did not waste my time to watch this crap. I had better things to do, such as out geocaching with my family.
Must be another proud day for the Discovery Channel. (I think it’s Latin for “What a crappy TV station”).

August 10, 2013 at 9:17 am
(453) Bobby D says:

Bob, you got a lot of balls. The Discovery Channel perhaps SHOULD have included a type of disclaimer about “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives” being a “psuedo”-documentary (Personally I found it entertaining). But in the same respect YOU yourself should include some disclaimers in your own articles. I got about 1/3 of the way done reading your article “10 Dinosaurs that Went Extinct Very, Very Quickly” before I realized it wasn’t meant to be serious at all (And personally I found that article to not be entertaining in the slightest). Before you bash Discovery Channel maybe you should rethink YOUR approach to the education of web surfing individuals like myself.

August 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(454) Elizabeth says:

So disappointed! My 10 yr old son and I watched this and he was super excited to see a “living” megalodon. I thought it was real at first then saw several things that were questionable. Can’t believe Dicovery aired this crap!

August 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm
(455) Erin says:

I k we it was fake as soon as the “live footage” began – what was that? 2 minutes in! Just more hoopla to scare my kids!!!

August 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm
(456) bulent mehmetoglu says:

i suggest we all protest this bogus tv channel with not watching it!! they did it again!! if everyone remembers they had done the same thing with mermaids!!! at the end we found out that all the scientist in the documentary were cheap actors!!! and the whole thing was nothing but a bogus!!

August 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(457) Ashley martin says:

Wow, I tried to look further into this megalodon information and coudn’t find anything. The live footage of the boat attack looked so staged and fake.

I’m not surprised to hear this show is fake, because it’s not the first time during shark week that I thought looked fake or staged.

Disapointed in discovery channel… it’s wrong to knowingly misinform viewers and scare them with a made up conspiracy. Plan on losing viewers during next years bogus shark week. GET REAL

August 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm
(458) Gryffindorgrl17 says:

Omg everyone needs to seriously get over the fact that the documentary is fake or real or whatever. It’s called entertainment, and they are going based on sightings and evidence and facts that Megladons did actually used to exist. It’s still very interesting to watch and obviously it catches a lot of attention. Obviously everyone loved sharknado and that idea seemed so dumb it was good. Discovery channel did a great job with this episode airing and I loved watching it and stop dissing discovery channel about it. Before people start talking about how this episode about Megladon is fake, start looking at shows like reality shows and lost tapes on animal planet talk about being totally fake yet you don’t see anyone complaining. Get Over it.

August 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm
(459) Tom says:

Jacques Cousteau is turning over in his grave. If you want science and truth watch Jacques reruns. Discovery has become the reality tv pseudo science pablum for the village idiots crowd that cant think and reason for themselves. After the Mermaid debacle is there anyone left who gives Discovery any credence, credibility or view time beside the aforementioned VIC?

August 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm
(460) fred says:

anyone think the subs are subs?

August 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm
(461) Get over it!!! says:

Seriously people its television its supposed to be something entertaining AND yes Discovery Channel did do it for more viewers and ratings if you didn’t know television shows are pretty much in competition with each other. I agree the show wasn’t the best, BUT you want to learn something…Open a Freaking Book or go back to school! Don’t depend on television to learn something.

August 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm
(462) tim narlock says:

Confuse the masses and take their minds off of the problem and what u have is a job. That mean if we “he” stands to loose by the solution then he becomes a magician and has u look at the hand without money. Just saying I’m not a conspiracy kind of person but if u look at what is really killing whales u might find the source of money.and there are alot of other valid points on this posting

August 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm
(463) Sam says:

What I’m curious about is…how much money was spent on the logistics of this ‘documentary’? I would suspect tens of millions. All for finding nothing and entertaining bored first world schmucks? Not to be ‘that guy’ but how many starving children could have been bought food with that money?

I knew from the beginning that it was fake though, this putz ‘Collin Drake’ was so dramatic and acted like such a…well…actor!

August 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm
(464) steve says:

So, it was stated they were going to spread 5,000 gallons of chum into the sea with the use of a “chum cannon.” Now, obviously this is much faster than man scooping out chum with his hand and throwing it overboard. So, instead, man scoops it up and neatly places it in a cannon. How is this faster. If they could make a homemade cannon, why could they not make a “homemade scooper” that automatically puts they chum into the cannon. And maybe it is just me cuz I don’t know a lot about sharks but that cannon made a lot of noise. I remember fishing with my dad and he always said, be quiet, you’ll scare the fish.

August 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm
(465) Maria says:

What a shame and what a waste of our time. We were told about this documentary by friend he seemed to believed that this was a real thing so went home and watched it. The minute I saw this Collin whatever I figured this was a bunch of BS you can see some of the guys laughing here and there. Is just insane first the mermaid B and now this , discovery channel should be ashamed with all this fake crap going. I used to see this channel as a leaning channel how could posibly let my 4 year old watch this channel when I don’t know what’s real anymore. Shamed on discovery channel how sad it is to see them creating stuff like these just to get some audience and good ratings

August 10, 2013 at 11:08 pm
(466) steve says:

Oh and by the way, the boad they were hunting Megalodon on was only 5 to 8 miles off the coast. The continental shelf is this are does not drop off until about 100 miles out to sea. So, how could a shark or whatever it was they tagged dive to 6500 feet. The continental shelf is normally between 1 and a max of 600 feet

This show is such crap

August 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(467) Joe says:

Oh and by the way, the boad they were hunting Megalodon on was only 5 to 8 miles off the coast. The continental shelf is this are does not drop off until about 100 miles out to sea. So, how could a shark or whatever it was they tagged dive to 6500 feet. The continental shelf is normally between 1 and a max of 600 feet

This show is such crap

August 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(468) Paul says:

If you ever watch President Obama, a newscaster, or any other scripted television personality speaking you can always see their eyes shifting to a teleprompter. The same can be seen in “mermaids” and “megelodon”. This coming from an open minded individual who believes there’s a possibility for many of these things are possible. Terrible job by discovery.

August 10, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(469) Meg A. Lodon says:

At the end of the “documentary” The Discovery Channel should leave ANOTHER disclaimer saying…”By Discovery,we MEAN we want to discover how STUPID you are. This show is not intended to teach Jack SQUAT.”

This show is the biggest chum slick ever.

August 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm
(470) bobby says:

this guy isn’t a marine biologist I could go out there with a blind fold on and prove megaldon was more real then he did. I would rather have a Dora the explorer shark week episode than this crap. And this guy made other people get in the water instead of him…. what a guy I mean what the hell is wrong with him I want to see who made this guy a marine biologist. I mean here let me throw my 2 best friends in cummmed water and the difference between life and death between them is a small steal cage.

August 11, 2013 at 12:17 am
(471) Rosie says:

Is Colin Drake really Casey Jon Deidrick who plays Chad Dimera on “Days of Our Lives,?”

August 11, 2013 at 12:39 am
(472) Carol says:

This is disgusting if it fake. They own TLC and any channel that calls thmself “The learning channel” and shows Honey BooHoo and Myrtle Manir has no morals and should be ashamed of themselves. Not watching them anymore.

August 11, 2013 at 12:53 am
(473) Erin says:

As much as I don’t like the fact that they do call it a documentary, when there are only bits and pieces of fact through the whole thing. Discover looks like they’re doing the same with the mermaids one, which was never meant to be taken 100 percent serious, so I kind of feel like that was the intention for this “documentary.” I mean come on with all our technology avaliable today it’s pretty easy to make a realistic faked photo or video and yet in both “documentaries” it’s almost as if discovery put little to no effort into making them very convincing. Take the cell phone video from the mermaid one, where a mermaid is supposedly beached. If you look in the background at the birds, they’re wings move but the birds don’t move anywhere in the sky like they should. In my opinion they try to make it look obviously fake on purpose, and really just want you to entertain the idea and get you thinking and wanting to learn more about megalodon through your own research. But then again, that’s just my opinion.
Just like Bigfoot, Mothman, Chewbracabra (sp), Aliens etc. there isn’t proof that they definitely exist, but there isn’t proof that they don’t either. The world will never know unless one washes up on a beach somewhere or something, especially since we’ve explored more of outerspace than we have our own oceans.

August 11, 2013 at 1:13 am
(474) ceowens says:

Seriously? Lighten up. When i realized it was fake, i thought it was kind of funny, and was able to enjoy it for what it was worth….strictly entertainment. We should never believe absolutly in anything we watch, we read, or we see. It is up to us, as THINKING, QUESTIONING, INTELLIGENT human beings to ask, to seek, and to learn. And yes, to even be entertained at times. And to know what the difference is, and when it is time to learn, and time to entertained. So again, i saw lighten up, sit back, and enjoy the show. Life is way too short to be taken so seriously..

August 11, 2013 at 2:07 am
(475) Dana says:

I enjoy watching wildlife shows and being educated on animals and our environment. For a channel that sells itself as being real, and seeing that no one else was able to find any news about the April 5, 2013 boating incident, as well as the main “scientists” not being found either, I am deciding to no longer watch this channel. Just another disappointment where money causes good people to do the wrong thing. It’s the same as hospitals pushing women into C Section rather than natural birth…they are able to keep the baby in incubator, making FAR more money than if you were to do things naturally. I just get more and more disappointed very time something like this happens. Nice job Discovery, you lured me in for a week of TV only to lose me as a viewer forever.

August 11, 2013 at 2:08 am
(476) Nick says:

While I do believe most of this show was total B.S., I don’t find the female ” Marine Biologist ” to be that attractive. Like some have suggested that these fake shows always seem to have attractive hosts. Also there are some statements at the end of the show that somewhat remove any blame from the folks at The Discovery Channel…..

August 11, 2013 at 2:10 am
(477) Kaylyn says:

You apparently don’t know what a disclaimer is. They announce it’s simply a dramatization. It’s made to raise eyebrows and have people ask questions. Megaladon could be out there. Not necessarily Megaladon itself, perhaps. Where do you think modern day great whites came from? Maybe it’s similar to a missing link. It could just be a great white bigger than the documented size. Once again, the documentary was made to draw in viewers and make viewers make their own decisions by asking questions to one of the biggest shark theories of them all. The existence of a large unknown shark. It’s possible. After all, we have only discovered 7% of the ocean, we have found aquatic life though to be extinct, and we discover new and unknown species (especially sharks) every so often. It’s possible. Don’t lash out on Discovery Channel for trying to let their viewers make questions and come up with their own answers. If anything, lash out on the History channel. I see more shows about aliens (outer space) than history. Which, by the way, is also very possible.

August 11, 2013 at 2:15 am
(478) Olympus says:

Mermaids was so bad that I turned it off immediately. This one had me going for a while. Most cable channels hit a new low every month. I used to really enjoy the History Channel. I guess shows based on facts are too boring to the average joe sixpack.

August 11, 2013 at 2:21 am
(479) joshua harmob says:

You know for you being a scientist yourself sir, you seemed to be very poorly informed about the facts of the “documentary”. Its clearly says at the end of the show, “SOME CHARACTERS MAY BE FICTIONAL, AND THE EVENTS ARE DRAMATIZATIONS”! GET A NEW JOB! With your level of education I would suggest your local Walmart.

August 11, 2013 at 3:18 am
(480) Omar says:

I was so loving the documentary when I thought “hey this might be just like the mermaid documentary”.

August 11, 2013 at 9:56 am
(481) anonymous says:

So ur reasoning for hating this video is the people look like models seriously if u ask me ur the retard . Just because they look better then u they can’t be scientists. They probably used fake names so people like you don’t bother them. And great research I found the boat off south africa without any reference to discovery. And if u don’t like it don’t watch it what’s your problem. It may be plausable there’s creatures we haven’t documented.

August 11, 2013 at 10:39 am
(482) Chris says:

This was entertaining to watch. I didn’t get to see any disclaimers that some talk about, and whatever was at the end flashed by so quickly I couldn’t read. But There were red flags threw out this entire “documentary” the supposed experts do not look the part, the “local fisherman” look staged and any photo can be manipulated our made up entirely. Do I think megalodon exists? The 12 yo inside me wants to believe, but the evidence just isn’t there.

August 11, 2013 at 10:45 am
(483) Mark says:

You would have to be an idiot if you believed any of the footage and facts they provided. Everything is clearly staged.

August 11, 2013 at 10:45 am
(484) Chris says:

Didnt know that chumming turned the entire ocean red like that. Biggest chum area ever! Look at us we made a chum cannon! Obnoxious

August 11, 2013 at 10:52 am
(485) Swannie says:

Totally disgusted…going to cancel Discovery Channel from my lineup…really pathetic that they think this helps. Whenever phony shows are aired, they send real cryptozoology discoveries further back. Pretty soon nobody will believe in anything…is this their aim???? Disinformation???

August 11, 2013 at 10:56 am
(486) Chuck says:

I now have a wife and child that think mermaids and megalodons are real…thanks alot discovery channel…!!!!

August 11, 2013 at 10:58 am
(487) Michelle says:

So very disappointed in Discovery channel. I watched Sharknado knowing fully that it was fake and looking forward to a funny fake shark horror movie. Not expecting that a “documentary” would be fake. I was about half way through and started to get suspicious so I googled and…..nothing!!! Apparently I was watching the sequel to Sharknado? Thanks for wasting an hour of my morning.
On that note, snuffy the seal was pretty hilarious

August 11, 2013 at 11:03 am
(488) James Kamieniecki says:

No more un-Discovery for me with non-existent “mermades” and “mega- dumdums”. I will exclusively watch National Geographic.

August 11, 2013 at 11:09 am
(489) Jason says:

Come people. How could anyone seriously watch this and not take it with a grain of salt? Especially after the Mermaid special. This was entertaining, maybe there a possibility of Megalodon still being alive, but this fake special did nothing to prove it one way or the other.

August 11, 2013 at 11:17 am
(490) Collin Drake says:

Megalodon’s do exist I swear!!!!

August 11, 2013 at 11:46 am
(491) American Pancake says:

Reenactments are one thing but the story pushing it’s agenda with absolutely fake “marine biologists” is beyond the pale BUT the most disgusting aspect was the U2 boat faked picture. How can anyone disgrace the memory of the Holocaust and the totality of such an iconic tragedy that was World War 2 where 75 million men, women and children perished for the soul purpose of making money? How??? With this huge piece of hokum Shark Week truly has jumped the shark and Michael Sorensen needs to apologize as does the actor who portrayed Collin Drake.

August 11, 2013 at 11:46 am
(492) Keith Adams says:

I had the privilige of watching this last night, bunkum…. very disappointed, are they trying to pull a War of the Worlds – badly. Pure speculative trash. Not even accurately thought out…..the “event” occurs in Hout Bay so they head umpteen miles away to put a camera in the water in shark alley????
Let see-the murder happened in Houston, lets look for the culprit in Chicago…. cheap shot and treating the viewing public as sheep

August 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(493) Joe G says:

As a diver for over 30 years. I knew early on that this crap was a fake. I have lost a few cameras to salt water over the years. NO camera will provide video if found on the bottom of the ocean. PLUS there were many mistakes because the actors were not real scuba divers. Eg. In a 2 second shot Madelyn is shown trying to put on her weight belt BACKWARDS. The main complaint with DC is trying to pass off this bad fiction as truth.

August 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(494) smitty says:

Discovery Channel should be held responsible for the statement they made with approx. 10 minutes left in this show. (Quote) What you are witnessing are the actual events as they unfolded. These images were filmed by Discovery Channels crew on the night of April 23, 2013. (End of Quote) Even tho this may be accurate that they filmed what was happening during the filming of this MOCKumentary….it is a very misleading statement trying to lead the viewer to believe the events that happened to be true and accurate

August 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm
(495) Ed Renno says:

Myself and My partner we watching this, we live in South Africa. – Immediately saw it was a fake, No boat ever went missing off our coastline, we would have heard about it in our local news! Dissapointing to see what Discovery Channel has done

August 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm
(496) Aware says:

It is sad as a society that we no longer apply critical thinking to any part of the process of our lives – start with Darwin and the following mis-application of the scientific process. So Discovery has joined the likes of CBS & NBC where conjecture is never inhibited by proof and facts.

August 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm
(497) Wmk says:

Couldn’t agree more. Seriously, they never once say that the documentary is fake, and it sure as hell isn’t real. Shark week/Discovery channel has reached a new low. In the past 10 years, it’s gone from a legit channel of great, interesting, and educational programming to a repetitive network of dramatized reality TV shows for the layman. It’s so disappointing. I’ve all but stopped watching completely, but thought I’d check out Shark Week this year. It just served as the perfect reminder as to why I stopped watching.

August 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(498) Sonia Walsh says:

I can’t believe it was a fake. I tried to find articles about the boat attack but couldn’t. How could Discovery have the presence of mind to show something that was false? So many legal ramifications. Why would they do that?

August 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm
(499) Steph says:

haha I love Collin Drake, fake or not.

August 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm
(500) Bobby Ward says:

The real hurtful and tragically sad part of this is Discovery attaching such a farse of a program to the real stories of shark week. An apology is no good here. Everyone involved should be fired immediately.

August 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm
(501) Dina says:

I am so upset. Discovery channel is a fake!!!!!

August 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(502) V. Twombly says:


The Discovery Channel’s Fake-u-mentary on Megalodon HAS swallowed a good chunk of the soft flesh of our children’s brains.

1) The use of fake scientist & lack of a proper disclaimer CONFUSES CHILDREN ABOUT WHAT IS REAL. My seven year old said he still respects “Dr. Collin Drake” (a fake) because he’s trying to make a good story. I am a PhD molecular biologist & so is this boy’s mother. We told him this show was not true, that it was fake – yet our son WANTS to believe the show is real & this fake documentary is made extraordinarily well, even including the “doubting” diver & “scientists”.

2) The use of fake scientist & lack of a proper disclaimer CONFUSES CHILDREN ON WHAT ARE CREDIBLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION because discovery did such a good job faking this.


4) By confusing fantasy with scientific realities, Discovery steals precious dopamine reserved for the excitement our children brains get when they experience an “Ah-ha” moment caused by truthful information.

Like a drug abuse, these fantasies can make truth less appealing to our children. I imagine a TV exec laughing at this, but at the pace truth & fiction are being confused, the future is less bright. A TV executive & the Discovery Channel can generate PROFIT WITH PRIDE – Megalodon is PROFIT with SHAME.
Dr Seuss had it right; “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The Lorax, Theodore Geisel

Well-crafted shows on what is real are staggering enough! Discovery had done a pretty good job for years, but they may have pulled the plug for this family’s precious watching time & precious resource – a child’s mind.
Discovery Channel – Apply a proper disclaimer to this show.

A concerned & sensible parent.

August 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm
(503) Michelle says:

I am sick to my stomach. I just finished watching this ‘documentary’ , and the entire time I am watching it I am baffled by the ‘evidence’ but kept telling myself, it’s the discovery channel….it must be legit…even though the beginning looked eerily familiar to the time I watched the Blair witch… I persisted through. The disclaimer at the end had me confused…I even paused it a bunch of times to actually try to read it…I love shark week, although they did focus way too much on the killings of sharks rather than their importance to our Eco-system and ocean life and how they are being slaughtered by the millions. I seriously want my 2 hours back that I wasted on that smut. Had they advertised it as a movie, at least would have had the choice to scrutinize what I was viewing.

August 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm
(504) Tiffany says:

They do have disclaimers that they put on at the beginning of the episode, but to those who don’t really pay attention and think about what they’re reading then it may not seem like a disclaimer because they don’t come straight out and say the entire story is made up. Real or not it was pretty interesting to watch.

August 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm
(505) Jen says:

I’m watching this on Animal Planet. It. Does remind me of the Mermaid” documentary”. So pathetic.

August 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm
(506) Jenny says:

It was like “The Blair Megaladon Project”.

August 13, 2013 at 11:19 pm
(507) Kelly says:

Really Discovery, shame on t.v.. I’ve watched the rerun 3 times. I finally looked up why I never heard about the boat sinking . I’m not happy with Discovery channel. I was hooked to begin with then I thought I would check the story out. Glad I found the site.

August 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm
(508) LO' says:

So disappointed that discovery and animal planet are allowing garbage to play on their networks. It’s extremely sad they will now allow whatever to play just in the attempt to get the ratings up. They have to realize how fake the footage and pictures look!!!! Lame

August 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm
(509) Show Me State says:

Thanks for totally wasting 2 hours of my time. I can not believe that Animal Planet re aired this, after they knew this was a no proof bs. Discovery and Animal Planet, you folks really upset me. I trusted this to be a reinactment of evidence and facts at least from some science and trusted media. Please tell folks next time, that these are stories and folk lore, with no evidence . The Scientist are fake. Very very upset. Super poor. If you would have told me the truth, I would have watched it, and had fun with it, like bigfoot and mermaids. Terrible and betrayed. You should be ashamed, you lost my family as viewers. I will tell Everyone , Facebook all over.

August 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm
(510) LO' says:

Oh yes and I forgot to mention I really loved the part when they believed it was in the water so they all decided to jump in with cameras with no lighting to see it!!! Let me just say I love learning and watching stuff on sharks but if there was in fact a 60+ foot shark in the water and I knew I would not be jumping in there!!! And if they really wanted pics they should have had lights!!!!!!!!

August 14, 2013 at 1:01 am
(511) matt says:

If nothing else, at least some people will be more sceptical of what they see on tv.

August 14, 2013 at 2:18 am
(512) Kaitlyn says:

One of the main things that stuck out in this article was the assumption that scientists are not attractive. I am studying to be a marine biologist. But I have also won a few beauty pageants and have never been told in my life that I am unattractive. So forgive me if I find that STEREOTYPE misleading and offensive.
On another note: most of the ocean is unexplored,so anything is possible. Don’t be so close-minded.

August 14, 2013 at 3:33 am
(513) JennC says:

This along with the Mermaid junk has been so disappointing. The terrible acting just looked like they went to a class with the mermaid interviewed idiots. Ugh. Really awful.

August 14, 2013 at 4:16 am
(514) Corey says:

This is what happens when Republican Goons take control…

August 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm
(515) Tanya says:

I knew it! Now I can prove it to my family – they thought I was nuts while we were watching it because I kept saying that the scientists were actors!

August 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(516) Dino says:

Coelacanth, Pygmy Right Whale, Giant Squid and several other species thought to have been extinct (some before megeladon) are being found. Only a matter of time until we discover huge predators deep in the ocean.

August 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm
(517) Deb says:

I walked in on my 9 and 6 year old watching it…it’s discovery channel so it is educational, right. I got sucked in as well….my kids were floored! This morning, I decided to investigate….now I go back and explain how the discovery channel lied? I can only imagine all the questions and confusion that will ensue. Thanks….discovery channel! 😡

August 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm
(518) PHD says:

I was blown away that the Discovery Channel would have standards that low…then I checked out their full slate of shows and realized that whatever cred they had back in the day was lost a loooong time ago. What a shame.

August 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm
(519) Andrew says:

Discovery Channel has been taking a lot of flack for this documentary, so naturally I was curious to what the critics have to say. I must say I am disappointed with what I am reading. Everyone seems to be saying the same thing “this conflicts with my belief system and is therefore blasphemy”. It still amazes me how many people hold onto their rigid and static belief systems and are offended by new ideas. The arrogance of this attitude is reprehensible and you should be ashamed for spreading hate.

August 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm
(520) Randall says:

It IS true!! Megalodon exists!!
Next year Discovery Channel is having a special on Santa’s hiding place under the sea…hosted by Geraldo Rivera

August 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(521) Casey r carlisle says:

I remember when you could watch the Discovery Channel on actually learn something. I guess it truly is all about ratings. I never thought that discovery channel would actually sell out. its just getting worse and worse. I watched this episode of megladon and it made me laugh. extremely bad acting and actually no real true research was done. it took me 2 minutes to find out that there was no story of megladon attacking a boat in South Africa on any date on any TV News Channel. the sad thing is I’m extremely dislike sick and I used to enjoy learning by watching shows like the Discovery Channel. its books on tape for me now

August 15, 2013 at 12:11 am
(522) Propaganda says:

I have to say, I don’t know if anyone will even read this comment, but I am so disappointed by the discovery channel. My father watched this with me. He had watched a piece of it and was fascinated, and got it on demand. He finally got a little time off of work, and had us watch it with him. My father is NOT gullible, he never believes anything, but it was DISCOVERY CHANNEL, and he had been watching it when it was decent. He had always loved megalodon, since he was a boy, and also he is fascinated by nazis (Who isn’t?).

I had a feeling it was fake right away, but I didn’t want to squash my dad’s fun. He was so interested by it, but the end was so phony, and it couldn’t keep him fooled. He was so disappointed. I am SO upset that “discovery channel” has disappointed my father with this bull. I am completely done with discovery, and I’m afraid my father is to. Lies! I just couldn’t stand the look on his face! I am just so hurt by all of these lies. I knew, but for once he was excited about something. It was so perfect, if only it wasn’t a crock. Thanks a lot for joining the media monster “Discovery”, I give up on life.

August 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm
(523) john says:

I thought the show entertaining but my initial thought was it is a delayed April Fool’s day prank.

August 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm
(524) Jason Lane says:

I just had to look this up, having the same feelings about this obviously fake documentary. Discovery Channel sucks so does the History Channel, and sorry to say National Geographic to (the magazine is still good though)! But it really calls into question the integrity and ethics that should be central to science; which this sad crap lacks!
I hope David Attenborough makes a few more quality shows before he leaves us because apparently that will be it!!! :(

August 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(525) sarah says:

I am saddened that i actually spent time to see if this story was real. It’s obviously a hoax. I thought I was watching a Blair Witch sequal when the show first started. The photos of the shark eating the whale looked like a photoshop job my 2 year old did and how did the shark go from 30 feet from eye witnesses to 60-70 feet from this guys perspective. I guess the discovery channel is going the same route that TLC (THE LEARING CHANNEL) is going.

August 18, 2013 at 2:21 am
(526) Ralph says:

How about when the “marine biologist” asks the charter captain why the seagulls are making some high pitched noise. BS!

August 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(527) Glen says:

You know, I was quite enjoying this documentary, and then realized a few things. The beached whale looked quite fake, and the footage from the Chilean Rescue looked very fake. But I still continued thinking that maybe I was being to critical and that perhaps it was real. But when they were supposed to be in almost the exact spot where the attacked boat went down, well my immediate reaction was then how on earth did they “dive down” to 4000 – 5000 ft to survey the wreckage, and of course retrieve the camera with the footage? I mean, wasn’t that the depth the mysterious shark dove down to?? This is when I thought, this has to be made up, and like many of you I took to doing some research on the stories, and I couldn’t find anything substance to any of the reported happenings. WHAT A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME. And you know, the funny thing is I may have still enjoyed watching this fiction, if I knew already that this was in fact what it was. Now I am left feeling disappointed. Great work Discovery Channel. Now I leave not only unhappy, but not trusting anything else you put on your channel!!

August 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm
(528) Kurt H. says:

I agree with Bob Strauss, I could enjoy these series (including Mermaids) with the proper disclosure, but I don’t like these mockumentaries posing as documentaries. They do damage since many (especially young) viewers don’t know the data and scenarios are contrived. I was suspicious since the ebb and flow was similar to Mermaids, and there was sloppy science in the program like the proclamation that Megalodon has a mouthful of hundreds of 7 inch teeth.

August 19, 2013 at 1:03 am
(529) Tony says:

Are you not entertained? lol…Since when do people watch television for factual information?I find these shows to be visually pleasant and full of wonder. I’m not gonna listen to NPR news everyday or sit and watch fox news.

August 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(530) Liz says:

Personally, despite all the negative comments here, I absolutely LOVED the mockumentary. It’s T.V. it’s meant to entertain, and anyone who thinks that documentaries are always 100% completely and absolutely based on actual living breathing reality, is fooling themselves. Sure some “documentaries” lean more towards presenting reality as it is, but mostly everything you see on television is manipulated, its purpose->to entertain. If the show made you question whether or not the shark was real and “sucked” you in, then it accomplished its purpose and that’s why you go google things, go to this page and check out whether or not it could be real, etc, etc. But jeesh people, you don’t have to get so upset about something on T.V. and really, I mean really if you’re relying on Discovery Channel to educate your children what does that say about you, go buy them a book for Christ’s sake.

August 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm
(531) Brian G says:

I can’t believe I sat through the whole thing. Actually felt sorry for the people on boat but then when got to the end I felt it was all a lie.

August 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm
(532) Drron says:

My grandson is angry with me because I told him not to believe everything you see on tv. These shows should have the integrity to mention that the programs is fiction before and after showing. Kids have enough trouble being hoodwinked without a channel of this nature setting them on a non scientific course. DrRon

August 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(533) DrRon says:

My grandson was angry with me because I told him not to believe everything on tv, especially this farcecumentary. Kids have enough trouble with being hoodwinked these days without being railroaded into the false science presented by the megalodon movie. My grandchildren have a healthy appreciation of science, especially this grandson. Fortunately he is intelligent enough to see through the murky water. DrRon

August 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm
(534) whatafake says:

My kids are now doubting everything after realizing this was a ‘mockumentory’. What a real shame. I am just as blown away from this realization from what I thought was a respectable cable channel. I am tempting to cancel discoverer from my cable program. So disgusted.

August 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm
(535) Daryl says:

This mockumentary was just at bad as that mermaid piece of trash. As a researcher, I wonder who gave them the old-style Vemco VR2 underwater acoustic tag recorder, which they passed off as a sonar detector. These jokers aren’t scientists but clearly some scientists were complicit with them. They had some fact mixed in with fiction. They weren’t even using the equipment we use in the manner it is used. If only the money had been spent on filming some real scientists to help them look at our living APEX predators, it could have been a hoot. Give me sharknado or Sharktopus any day. At least they don’t even pretend to be real.

August 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm
(536) freddie says:


September 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(537) Mary says:

Well, don’t I feel like a complete dumbass. While I thought the video and everything looked weird, it didn’t occur to me that the Discovery Channel made this crap up. Like another person said, I did find it strange that they made that huge whale in such a short amount of time. I’ll never watch them for accuracy again.

September 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(538) Mary says:

The video felt a lot like Blair Witch.

September 6, 2013 at 5:30 am
(539) Baobaokoh says:

We should find out for real life. If megalodon still lives, never go swimming in megalodon place. They can eat you in one HUMOMGOUS bite. Megalodon is so scary that teeth can drop when you see megalodon. If there was megalodon, plesiosaur and icthyosaur could be somewhere!

September 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm
(540) seb says:

Discovery Channel is no worse than what they teach in most school programs or at church. At least you can debunk mockumentaries.

September 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm
(541) Sarah says:

Wow, It’s sad that discovery get’s the youth and few a adults all excited and sum what scared to go into the water.
Megalodon died out around 1.5 million year’s ago.
Though their IS shark myth of huge sharks swimming around it’s not gonna be Megalodon, Most likely a over-grown great white.
So sad they did this :-(

September 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm
(542) Alexis says:

I have to say, I had high hopes for this year’s Shark Week. But we’re only one special in and already, shark week has seriously jumped the shark.
I get why you had a special about C. Megalodon. What shark inspires more fear and fascination than Megalodon, the Chondrichthyean monster that once dominated our planet’s oceans? The shark’s name, which translates to “giant tooth”, says it all. Their hand-sized dental records are some of the only fossilized evidence we have of these gigantic predators, which lived from ~50 million years ago to around 2 million years ago. Based on their size, scientists have estimated these sharks grew to upwards of 60 feet long with a bite force anywhere between 10 and 18 tons, and from scarred fossils we know they likely dined on the giant whales of their time. This year’s Shark Week kick-off special, Megalodon: The Monster Shark That Lives, claimed to provide evidence that these massive beasts are still out there, using scattered anecdotes and scientific testimony to support the assertion. There’s only one problem: the entire “documentary” wasn’t real.

No whale with a giant bite taken out of it has ever washed up here in Hawaii. No fishing vessel went mysteriously missing off of South Africa in April. No one has ever found unfossilized Megalodon teeth. Collin Drake? Doesn’t exist. The evidence was faked, the stories fabricated, and the scientists portrayed on it were actors. The idea that Megalodon could still be roaming the ocean is a complete and total myth.

Here’s what I don’t get, Discovery: Megalodons were real, incredible, fascinating sharks. There’s a ton of actual science about them that is well worth a two hour special.

September 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm
(543) Eric P says:

Like many others I immediately started to google. Found no reported evidence. HOW can Discovery do this? Then put on a second (third? Fourth?) time. There must be some law broken here…

September 16, 2013 at 12:06 am
(544) Mike says:

Oooh did I ever get sucked in. I was completely entertained. I almost bought it, but not quite. The disclaimers did their job at the end. Did Discovery stray from the path? Absolutely. Did they make a sucker out of me while I sat glued for the whole show? You bet. Did I have a good time? Yep. Am I disappointed to find it all fake? Check. Was I more entertained than disappointed? I think so. I’m taking it in stride and I’m putting Discovery Channel in the same category as SyFy channel.

September 16, 2013 at 12:19 am
(545) Kurt says:

I currently live in the US, but was visiting family in Cape Town on the exact date of the said attack on the boat. In the following 7 days there was absolutely no news of this occurrence. As a surfer whose friend Nico Von Broemsen was attacked by a great white tears ago, I am super conscientious about any shark activity when I am back home. I keep my eyes and ears peeled for ANY news. There was none.
This is disappointing to see that Discovery Channel would do this. Having first hand evidence that their story was pretty much fabricated, I will no longer be watching their programs.

September 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(546) Manny says:

I was taken in too. I came online to research it hoping to find all kinds of cool stuff. I think this was great though! I’m disappointed it’s not real and I too thought DC wouldn’t put anything fake on, but that’ s what makes it so great. Unlike Jaws where you know it’s fake going in, this really had me on the edge of me seat when the divers were getting out of the water. I watch TV for entertainment, even science shows. If DC was all about learning they would just film scientists giving lectures. There HAS to be entertainment value in whatever they show. So if 99% of what they show is actual, then the 1% made up entertainment isn’t so bad in my opinion. Plus how tired are you of watching hour long documentaries overly dramatizing things an drawing out what would otherwise be like a 5 minute interview with the scientist?

September 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm
(547) Sarah says:

Yes I would be delighted to see a living Megalodon as I absolutely love dinosaur’s and prehistoric animals.
But this is just sad and pathetic that DC would do something like this.
Lie to millions of people.
DC should apologize.
So sad…Was I entertained? Yes. Scared? Yes. Wanting to learn more? Yes.
I looked it up. Everything was a HUGE fake.
So angry and disappointed.

September 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm
(548) Darla says:

I also wanted to know why the actual hunt for the “big guy” was done in the dark. Of course you can not see anything on the film from the cage.

September 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm
(549) susan says:

I shared this w a co worker….her response “well that’s 10 min of my life that I will never get back” who knew…….

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September 28, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(551) C K says:

What did happen to Discovery.

The larger more disturbing aspect of this is how viewers can be duped into believing anything, an Orwelian aspect to developing technology. Then we go to the internet to check facts.

Worrisome that fewer media conglomerates control how and where we get the news and now the internet.

Look out here comes Big Brother.

September 28, 2013 at 11:32 pm
(552) craig says:

first off all if those supposed missing people on that boat had been fishing for big game they would have had a big game chair on the boat theres no way in hell your gunna be able to reel in a fish that size without a platform to hold your butt in that boat

September 29, 2013 at 1:05 am
(553) Jordan brunner says:

The only good thing about this show was the chum fest and the well built decoy. Props to whatever company they had do that. And cool cannons. Yep. Discovery: Now

September 29, 2013 at 1:14 am
(554) ted arndt says:

Thank you for this post, It clears up some things. The A’s B’s & C’s of this show seemed odd to me. I have been blessed to ride across many oceans and have seen with my own eyes things I could not reason. But it is a great and wonderful place. We were once cruising thru the straits of the Philippines, it was amazing, the water was flat and it was dusk and I heard a commotion, as I was headed over to see what it was I was watching well seasoned sailors backing away from the edge of a very large ship, we all watched as a giant dorsal fin slid by, I mean giant. It was no whale. End of story.

September 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm
(555) Wilbur McCullah says:

Unbelievable they take people for stupid ! That fraud biologist Drake and his obvious bad “acting” was by itself enough to ruin his credibility. This was nothing but a bad highly dramatized reality TV designed for a childs intellect filled with bad science. Saw if for what it was the first few minutes I watched it last night.

September 30, 2013 at 11:52 am
(556) troy bryant says:

if your basing your megladon theory on a whale tail then I would think again. How container ships and oil tankers with 10 foot diameter dual props hit whales at sea like my dad a retired merchant marine officer has seen, and if it were a number 1 predator why would it expend so much energy and not eat the rest. By the way how about a military sub doing operations coming up under that fishing boat hush hush whoops

September 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(557) scott mccall says:

Maybe they are covering the truth like the truth of that secret base in Nevada desert call’d Area 51

September 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm
(558) scott mccall says:

that is the place where they take all things that falls from space including aliens or space crafts or flaying soucers

October 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm
(559) David J Miles says:

It would be a great scientific find if the Megalodon actually survived to this time. I for ne would be amazed and it would open up the unseen world with something that is only talked about and hoped for.

I did get to swim in the ocean around the equator below the Philippine Island in the summer of 1969 while on a USS Navy Research Ship, the USS Rehoboth.

We were fortunate to get a “swim call” and jumped into the Ocean. We finally came back aboard the ship and soon after two large sharks swam by where we had been swimming. These were brown sharks about 10 feet in length. It was a fascinating time for me to see even these shark species.

October 23, 2013 at 1:21 am
(560) Liam says:

They just wanted to entertain people with this ‘fake’ documentary still that’s pretty disappointing how they made up this “fake” documentary.

October 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm
(561) natascha says:

I found it very interesting. i Always liked sharks and the of course megalodon. Only the end is a little disapointing. but see what these people do to proof their theory, is really amazing. So a big THANK YOU for the Team of Collin Drake and Discovery Channel to share it with us !

October 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm
(562) Dave says:

This show is even listed as a documentary. Discovery must know they are misleading a lot of people. This show and their Mermaid show casts doubt on everything they produce. I am inclined to ignore all Discovery programming from now on. They insult my intelligence.

October 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm
(563) Randy says:

This is right down there with the mermaids special.

October 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm
(564) EricB says:

I agree. This was drivel, albeit somewhat entertaining drivel. My biggest objection to this clearly staged pseudo science drama is that it may be taken to be authentic by school aged children. For a bit of sci-fi with the intention of eliciting a few grins, it was mildly amusing. But the obvious intention of passing this off as genuine is as shameful as it is appalling. The Discovery Channel has sunk to a new low

October 29, 2013 at 12:52 am
(565) Morgen says:

I was amazed at how quickly they concluded that the species they tagged in the dark was definitely megalopolis. It could have been a giant squid or some other species not yet discovered bc it lived so deep. Unfortunate that discovery would put on this kind of programming when they are thought to be educational.

October 31, 2013 at 7:24 pm
(566) Resh says:

Hey guys I’m from South Africa. We don’t have “3″ news (the news channel in the documentary) here in SA. But…..on the mermaid front, my grandparents and wife’s grandparents have had sightings of mermaids. They described it as seen in the documentary. Truth is megalodon could be alive as well. Was a cool documentary….but really facts please discovery channel.

November 1, 2013 at 11:46 am
(567) tallie says:

Thaught it was good
…………. untill I read all these comments
………….. all of them very negative

November 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm
(568) Rui Moura says:

Well, it’s symptomatic of the current media situation to get the viewers attention. Big Brother Generation. I have the same disgust towards History Channel and their Alien Anvient Astronaut “theorists”. The guy has a BSc degree in sports information and communication!!! Does he even know what a THEORY is? From their “undoubtful” conclusions I guess not! But worse of all, the thing that surprises me most, is how can you entitle a channel with such an important name such as: HISTORY channel! This programme is a distortion of the notion of history. This is the world we live in… We really have to filter a lot of S***t these day!

November 21, 2013 at 5:04 am
(569) S says:

I live in Hout Bay where the documentary was shot, I can promise you this is the first I have heard about a fishing boat attack in Hout Bay!
Hout Bay has a large fishing community & harbour, and many of my friends have fishing vessels, if an attack like this ever took place it would be big news, & yet no one has heard of the one described in this documentary.
Utter, crap, & very disappointing!

November 23, 2013 at 12:14 am
(570) tory burch ? says:


November 26, 2013 at 7:43 am
(571) Craig Byrns says:

I used to watch Discovery channel (DC) with my Dad when he was alive years ago. We enjoyed the actual documentaries they had then. When I heard shark week was coming on I thought “what a nice trip down memory lane this will make for”. I watched this segment on Megalodon and it quickly became suspect. A quick google search of the fishing boat incident only returned DC and DC related sites. About 20 years ago I considered DC to be a decent educational resource, but now with all the garbage they’re putting on (reality shows and this outright lie) it’s become worthless.

November 28, 2013 at 9:57 am
(572) Mega lies says:

Megaladon lives! Big foot and mermaids too! But the biggest lie “if you like your plan you can keep it. Period.”

November 29, 2013 at 12:24 am
(573) amanda a brodhage says:

I do agree with a lot of the things you say here. I just saw the special on t.v. And while i am an avid lover of sharks, and would LOVE to SEE megalodon live, i do see everything you are saying. Some things do make sense, and some don’t. I hope one day I can personally help and possibly since thus.

November 29, 2013 at 12:24 am
(574) amanda a brodhage says:

I do agree with a lot of the things you say here. I just saw the special on t.v. And while i am an avid lover of sharks, and would LOVE to SEE megalodon live, i do see everything you are saying. Some things do make sense, and some don’t. I hope one day I can personally help and possibly since thus.

November 29, 2013 at 1:58 am
(575) Donnie says:

Well, i was watching this Megladon show, the same spoke of here in the posts, but on Animal Planet. I was intrigued enough to try and research the “attack” on the fishing boat off S. Africa. This was the first link, and at this point I’ve probably read enough. Pretty sad, that from August to today Nov 18th. this obviously faked video and investigation has been televised on cable tv’s popular channels (discovery and APL) . My son and I watched it, and now I will try to explain to him that this was faked but the creature may exist. You know kids, you have to let them down gently. This is similar to the “Hunting Bigfoot ” series which is a joke too…

December 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm
(576) Marine Engineer says:

All Discovery programmes are just for entertainment I think.

In the hotel I live in, when I’m away working, the English channels are a choice of Discovery or Disney!

Both channels deliver entertainment programmes.


December 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(577) Djan Andersen says:

Have just had ‘discussions’ with my two kids age 9 and 12 who just saw this programme three days ago.
They really insist Megalodon is ‘for real’ … they saw this on tv.

Must say I am VERY unhappy with Discovery showing low quality stuff like this and, as mentioned, in this article, often is source for education of young school kids.


br Djan

December 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(578) Virginia Corcoran says:

What a total disappointment, Mermaids, Megalodon, what’s next, Werewolves, Werebears, etc. I can watch the shows on Ancient Aliens and Bigfoot because they are so darn entertaining. But honestly how many viewers take those seriously?

It is quite annoying that with all the real, great discoveries out there they have to make up this garbage and continue to pass on disinformation, and there will be young people out there who believe it.

December 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm
(579) Elizabeth Darsey says:

Well your ideas that this is a “fake” documentary are quite correct. The “marine biologist” Collin Drake is actually actor Darron Meyer. Along with Meyer, several other actors are given credit including: Katherine Crawford as “Jess Okar”; Clayton Everston as “Fisherman” and Jeremeo Le Cordeur as “Hawaiian Boy”.

There was no mention of the female ‘marine biologist” in regards to crediting whatever roll she played.

I must admit, I’m hugely surprised that a supposed “educational” based station would promote this as a documentary. It would be one thing, if it was billed as what it really is: A tv movie of what could be. The fact that they promote this for naive watchers to take in as fact is a shame! People would still watch it if they were honest about what this actually is. To me, they just make themselves looks like a bunch of rating-hungry asses and the viewer like a bunch of uneducated, naive jackasses for believing it simply because it is on an “educational” station.

They should really be ashamed of themselves!

Just my opinion!

December 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm
(580) Brenda says:

Colin Drake is played by Darren Meyer.


December 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm
(581) Hannah says:

I’m am watching this right now. I immediately became suspicious because the “marine biologists” were seriously just too good looking. Drake talks like an actor. I’m with you, I have never met a scientist who acted or talked the way these “scientists ” do. Usually they’re kind of socially awkward, when they talk its like they are calculating something in their mind and trying to figure out how to translate everything they want to say in “laymans” terms.

December 27, 2013 at 12:43 am
(582) phil says:

A more truthful documentry about megalodon should happen! Discovery channel had everyone going.

December 27, 2013 at 2:01 am
(583) donald says:

“collin” is an actor named Darron Meyer. Check IMDB. Ha. Gotcha.

December 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm
(584) mc says:

I cannot find a single piece of evidence that supports DC’s show on Megalodon. Obviously much of the “video evidence” was fishy (pardon the pun) but I was giving DC some credit due to their name. I hope someone of some importance within their organization will step up and not allow garbage like this to influence young minds in the future. I won’t hold my breath (I’m on a roll) and certainly will discredit anything the DC attempts to educate me on in the future. I will also make a point to call them out within my circle when given the opportunity. DC, you have turned from education to entertainment. I hope this proves to be a terrible business decision and your network losses viewers who seek reputable sources and information. Happy new year.

December 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm
(585) chris says:

Sorry guys but u cud tell from the first 2mins that these were actors. Same as the mermaids one. Anyone who thought otherwise is extremely naive/ gullable

December 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm
(586) Stimpson says:

If your kids insist this is real because they saw it on television than it’s your job as a parent to say otherwise. Clearly this show was fiction, I really don’t understand all the negativity. Really people, tv for education?

January 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm
(587) Magnus says:

What a waste of time. To bad many people will actually believe this “documentary” which is full of contradictions.
Shame on you Discovery. Sending this piece of crap now once again as if the first time didnt attract enough audience?

January 19, 2014 at 4:35 am
(588) Redbird says:

I am from Australia and we too have our share of large great whites. I have personally seen the 23 ft specimen which was mentioned, it was caught in Moreton Bay in Brisbane by a man named Hislop. if you can have a 20 foot plus is it such an incredible leap to think they may be bigger ones out there. I know for a fact they arent getting me out there in a small boat.

January 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm
(589) mat says:

i thought it was okay for a really fake doucumentry but i am really dissapointed in the fact discovery had to get this despirate

January 22, 2014 at 5:18 am
(590) Annoyed says:

Discovery are sinking lower and lower. NatGeo will get my channel subscriptions when the inevitable change to individual channel subscriptions happens for me.

I enjoyed first season of Gold Rush but when any sense of journalistic integrity is lost it becomes pointless. You lose the sense of seeing gold mining through some newcomers eyes and start to realise you’re hearing the voice behind the camera going “How about a shark in the glory hole?” and “How about everyone wears a hard-hat with bacon on it?”. I guess we are discovering how incompetent Discovery programming executives can be.

Are they going to make a Discovery Channel Classic with proper content ? Oh who cares.

February 4, 2014 at 9:58 am
(591) Paul says:

I am fine with a fictional exploration of a idea, and I knew that the show was a dramatization of one aspect of the evidence. But I am pissed that the footage of the sinking boat was a known fake added to the show. I did not mind a dramatization of a expedition, it is a exploration of the idea of looking for one, and what it would be like. But the evidence has to be real, there can be no false data. That is a major no no to scince everywhere. A opinion and portrait is nothing but that, most other footage on the show I had seen before, however finding that the fishing boat is a fake clip, and that being what the show is centred around “the fishing boat” that is wrong. If they wanted to do it like that they should do it like in a end of the word scenario. “In our scenario this happens, and this is how we respond” but don’t play it as real. I do not like this new form of documentary creation where we play fantasy as reality, there is so many real mysteries in the world with out having to make them up.

February 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm
(592) ET says:

I know that stretch of water off Hout Bay very well, so I am really angered that foreign producers think of South Africa as a back drop for their crap!!! (merman saga)
A common joke here is that foreigners believe you when you tell them about the lions in our streets. Toward the end of the show the tag dramaticly dives down to over 1500m and then conveniently destroyed, within what appears to be minutes from picking up the divers. The area where they were anchored is no deeper than say 80m and as the Cape Peninsula sits upon the continental shelf, which only gradualy becomes deaper to about 350m untill it reaches the drop off about 34nm and 2 hours by boat away. How could that tag have reached those depths so fast? oh please, and the pretty actors on the charter boat using big game / tuna rods and reals for inshore fishing just outside the bay! The sunken vessel does not match the model of boat in the video. I should know as I have fished on that make of boat many times. How did it sink, because in South Africa it is law for that size of vessel to be fitted with enough built in floatation incase of hull breach.
Any proper fisherman will tell you that even a large chum slick would not look like that. Notice how fast those sharks moved as viewed from a helicopter in the slick? Big whites cruise, the don’t scurry. Lastly, shame on you, those South Africans that assisted with this! Shame on Discovery!

February 9, 2014 at 6:37 am
(593) Miguel Coelho says:

I live in South Africa and firstly, I never heard of the shark attack on the boat in the media. And secondly, I can confirm that the fisherman portrayed in the documentary as Phillip Abbott, is in fact quite a well-known afrikaans actor here in south africa who, obviously due to his white skin struggles to find mainstream acting work these days in the country. Obviously accepted the part with open arms.

February 10, 2014 at 11:15 am
(594) RJ says:

The boat “Decadence” is owned and operated by a Guy called Sean Amor from Hout Bay boat yard. Perhaps we should give him a call and get the real truth as they used his boat for the footage.

February 11, 2014 at 1:16 am
(595) Franko Passano says:

Colin Drake [aka as Darron Meyer] should be in M2M porn movies, he’s just TOO good looking to have brains as well!

February 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm
(596) Spanish Fly says:

The Discovery Channel did the same thing with the supposing documentary on mermaids found alive / real….

But don’t forget they also tell you that JFK, MLK, and RFK were all killed by lone assassins (social misfits to dumb to function in society) that got by all security and killed their target…

They also say the JFK insisted upon on riding in a convertible…

February 24, 2014 at 1:13 am
(597) does it matter says:

Real or fake I’m entertained that so many jump to the opportunity as to bash on a show claiming an existence animal we have barely discovered so much of the ocean and so far would only lead you to think what’s really in the deep blue. now I won’t say real nor fake but just that there is a possibility. no one truly knows even if the setting staged was fake the topic is undiscovered.

February 24, 2014 at 7:54 am
(598) Cas says:

I live in Cape Town South Africa, and if there was ever a boat accident like the one depicted here, with all the mystery and controversy surrounding it, I certainly didn’t hear a thing about it.

Also, the clincher for me was the supposed fisherman “Phillip Abbot”.. he’s a local actor. Was quite funny in Heel Against the Head if I recall.

Tsk! tsk! Discovery…

February 24, 2014 at 10:39 am
(599) Suzanne says:

I am a South African and my father lives nearby where they say this happened. I first got suspicious when the guy who save the girl surfer just so happens to be a somewhat famous South African actor. I did a search and came up empty handed too. It’s all a hoaks. Discovery channel is becoming like the news in America, the lines of fact and fiction are horrible blurred

February 24, 2014 at 10:56 am
(600) brandon says:

well, if you think about it, the ocean is pretty, deep. like they said in the video, 6,522 feet. there might as well be something down there that we havent seen. i think the frilled shark proved everyones thoughts about extinct animals wrong, there is a small chance.

February 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm
(601) Denny says:

Well, i have to tell you all…i actually did believe it. I think more because i wanted too…but when this first aired, i was hooked big time. I really feel like an idiot. I recently saw the re-run of it, and i decided to do more research on it and thats where i started finding out it was all fake. What a huge disappointment.

My question is, how does discovery channel get away with it? How can these people call themselves scientists and get away with it?

I saw the Mermaids show last night also, and yes, a part of me wanted to believe that was real also.

February 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm
(602) MARCUS says:

I really believed in that show. Just because it was Discovery Channel. I never thought they would do such a thing to try to fake a documentary in this way. I totally undermines their credibility and also every single person in that movie including the actors in the boat that is sinking is putting a big mark on themself of shame.
Shame not because they are spreading fear of the ocean and giving sharks a bad rep also because being afraid isnt to have respect and this show as its fake but try to pass as legit just makes people scared and also for all the people that acually have died they dont do the right either by faking a boat sinking like that.
I think Discovery Channel should be hold responsible in a legal matter cause they are really trying to portrait this as legit from beginning and its so bad in every single way.
I hope those people in this movie have a bad life.

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March 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm
(604) John says:

Wow you people have no sense of adventure. If you hated it so much and it was such a “waste of time” your obviously lying because here you are “wasting your time” leaving comments about it. It was shark week which is supposed to be fun!!!! Have an imagination for once in your life. This is what’s wrong with people these days no imagination what so ever. If anything is made up or shows some sort of fun people jump all over it. All I have to say is you don’t like it!? Don’t watch it!!!!! It’s that damn simple!!!!! Get over your selves cause none of you are anything special I can promise you that!!!!

March 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm
(605) John says:

By the way, did this show effect your every day living? Did your life change that much by watching a show!? If so, you should seek real physiological help!!!!

March 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm
(606) Mab says:

Its obviously fake, but no matter what we comment Discovery won’t really give its viewers an apology nor will it leave television. Its true Megalodon still romaning the seas seems a little hard to believe and the evidence of the whale and the footage shot of the boat are obviously fake, man made! Maybe the boat attack did happen but I find it hard to believe that Megalodon, a shark over 60 feet, could possibly do that with out being caught on the camera at lest once!!! I may not be an expert on Megalodon or on cameras but as far as I know the camera should have been eaten by the shark(because of the angle of the shooting). Also showing the faces of those who died on tv isn’t allowed!!!
Its fake but lets face the facts we can change nothing you can change only the things you can control and we can’t control this problem….. -___-

March 18, 2014 at 11:40 pm
(607) David says:

I really enjoyed the show. I was a believer at the time of showing. Not now. It was a Great prank for Shark Week!!

April 7, 2014 at 1:07 am
(608) Shawn says:

It had fake written all over it, but I for one see nothing wrong with that because it was entertaining all the same. Not to mention because of its sense of being an overly obvious hoax, it made me want to confirm my suspicions so I researched the boat accident and the videos they referenced the whale photos and in my research actually learned some things about megalodon.

People who believe everything they see on TV deserve to feel like idiots because quite frankly, they are. This special obviously got some people to do a little research and learn something………….. Maybe that’s what the Discovery Channel had in mind all along.

April 10, 2014 at 7:58 am
(609) Lacee says:

I was appalled by the documentary as well, but I enjoyed reading your facts on the matter. Thank you.

April 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm
(610) iyy6 says:


April 11, 2014 at 8:14 am
(611) Holly says:

I like it who cares about if its a lie or not it was interesting maybe they wanted ya’ll to look something up and learn y’all just want to complain that’s it

April 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm
(612) michel says:

I live in south africa and ibwas watching the documentary and thinking whatva load of crap. Its shocking that such a story can be made up!

April 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm
(613) Llewellyn Smith says:

I live 20 minutes drive from Houtbay Harbor and everything in this program is FAKE even the NEWS footage is fake we do not have the news channel in SA that supposedly reported on the apparent boat sinking it is a SAD HOAX I thought that everything I watched on discovery’s animal planet is real and valid I am dissapointed in this untrue crap I would like to warn people abroad should you see this footage of “AFRICA” do not be gulable to believe these liars.Our largest sharks here are great whites and believe me anything that happens on our coasts, our entire Country will know about it immediately via social media like Facebook,Twitter,BBM and our news channels.. Our news channels are ENEWS, Sabc 1,2,3. The channel that reports Shows a 3 on the screen but does not exist in South Africa.MEGLADON DOES NOT EXIST!!! EXTINCT DINOSAUR!!!DISCOVERY ARE LIARS THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BOAT THAT SANK WITH ITS PASSENGERS MISSING IN HOUTBAY.

April 22, 2014 at 5:54 am
(614) Ridewaan says:

How can they do something like this, must take them to court, they cant do this to the public.

April 22, 2014 at 10:47 am
(615) Bigman3645 says:

The whole point if the documentary was to show the lack of evidence to prove or disprove megladon’s extinction. It’s like the whole mermaid debate. Do I beleive mermaids are real? No. Can I disprove their existence? No.
Can science disprove their existence? No. The only way to disprove the existence of the mermaid and prove the extinction of megalodon is to search every inch of the ocean at the exact same time. And since we don’t have the capabilities required to complete this task, what’s wrong with believing in something a little outrageous? Many scientists have no idea what caused megalodon to become ‘extinct’. What’s to say that it did? Maybe it’s just an elusive hunter that cannot be found at this point in time.

May 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm
(616) trent says:

it is impossable

May 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm
(617) Protagonas says:

Ummm. Aren’t you all over reacting a little? Sure, it was fake, and the acting was, well dreadful, and yes the CGI was obvious but come on, it was a ltitle entertaining! for those of us with children (I have two) our children just learned a valuable lesson in not trusting everything they see on television. Given some of the complete and uter nonsense that our politicians have us accepting as fact on a daily basis, i’d say this is a lesson well learned. Thank you Discovery Channel.

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