Humanity’s fear of sharks is no secret, not least since the box office success of Jaws after its 1975 release.
But the dreaded great white in Steven Spielberg’s hit film would be dwarfed by the long-extinct 60ft megalodon.
The enormous sea menace is thought to have died out around 2.6 million years ago, but the legend lives on with wild claims that the beast still stalks the depths.
And now, bombshell claims suggest there could be more than just legends lurking beneath the ocean’s surface.
Speaking to Daily Star Online exclusively, Jonathan Downes revealed he believes massive deadly sea creatures still remain undiscovered.
Jonathan, 59, has devoted his life to cryptozoology – the study that aims to prove extinct animals are, in fact, alive.
And while admitting a living megalodon is unlikely, he does believes that a relative of the enormous whale shark has gone about undetected.
He said: “There is a lot of evidence that there are some very big sharks out there that we haven’t discovered yet.
“One thing I am almost certain to exist is something very closely related to the whale shark.
“It’s either a different colour of one we haven’t discovered yet, or it is actually a completely new species of giant shark.”
Whale sharks are the largest known living species of fish, with a reported length of 42ft, and weighing almost 50,000lbs.
Jonathan believes there is a new colossus breed of this monstrous animal in the south pacific, having spoken at length about it on his YouTube channel, named CFZtv.
He explains on his series “On The Track,” that these aquatic anomalies are large “tadpole-shaped” animals, which feature the same markings on their bodies.
The lifelong researcher added: “There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that in the seas around Fiji there are a new species of these enormous sharks, bigger that whale sharks.”
Daily Star Online has approached British Marine Biological Association, British Marine Life Study Society and The Shark Trust to validate these claims.