Monsterquest

Season 3 Episode 15

Mega Jaws

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 18, 2009 on The History Channel
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Mega Jaws
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Sharks have terrified people for centuries and deep within the forbidding waters of Mexico's Baja Peninsula may lurk a mammoth sixty foot monster. Could it be a new giant species or some living relic, hidden in the sea?
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  • Overall the Monsterquest Sea of Cortez episode was outstanding, providing great educational information and the suspense one would want from such a program. There is however one species which was not mentioned in the program, namely the Killer Whale.moreless

    8.0
    The Monsterquest Sea of Cortez episode was certainly entertaining and suspenseful, and very educational. Providing everything you could want from a program with such a title and the purpose of seeking out unknown species, or monsters. There is however at least one species that was not mentioned in the episode, which would certainly qualify as the mysterious dark colored shark they were searching for, and thus I cannot give this episode of Monster Quest my highest rating. While it was interesting to go into the idea of Megalodon, an extent species of shark possibly making a comeback in the Sea of Cortez, this idea is a bit fantastical. Perhaps this is necessary to gain the interest of a younger audience or those with an interest in dinosaurs. Delving into Megalodon doesn't add to the credibility of the show at all (even though the presentation and documentation of the megalodon shark tooth was scientific) while the use of anecdotal evidence from local fishers does ad to the credibility of the idea that an unknown predator lives in the region.



    There are many species which visit the Gulf of California, and the episode did, to it's credit, delve into the possibility that the monster they were seeking had been misidentified as a Whale Shark.

    Debunking the idea of mysterious monsters in the show takes the show from just another conspiracy theorists or Bigfoot believers quest to the level of serious scientific inquiry. With spectacular underwater photography of these creatures, as well as coordinated coverage from the air, along with great editing and narration, makes this a great show to watch.



    I was however really disappointed that they did not mention Killer Whales. The "dark mysterious predators" that they kept mentioning could easily have been killer whales, so called wolves of the sea.

    Killer whales frequent the Sea of Cortez, and could easily have been misidentified as a shark, certainly a dark predator with BIG teeth.moreless

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    • Narrator: Some 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water but people are encountering sharks much more often then one would expect. Now imagine a shark so large that it's two to three times the size of a Great White. A creature mammoth enough to swallow a Sea Lion in one bite. This top of the line predator has no challengers. Reports seem to suggest the mammoth beast may be stalking the waters of Mexico's Baja Penninsula and terrifying local fisherman who cross its path. Now MonsterQuest head to the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, searching by air and sea for proof of this mega jaws shark that lurks beneath these mysterious waters.

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