Alongside the text, they shared an image of what was captured on their scanning equipment, which did resemble the outline of a shark.
But, unfortunately, Megalodon hopefuls were left disappointed as the experts went on to explain that the mass eventually began to break up to reveal that it has actually been a very large school of mackerel.
They continued: “We waited for one of the rods to go off however, much to our disappointment, the shape started to transition into a large school of Atlantic mackerel that hung around the boat for about 15 minutes.
“So close, but so far! The Megalodon (Otodus megalodon), disappeared more than 3 million years ago and will likely stay that way, but, for a few minutes, we thought he had returned!”
Shark enthusiasts in the comments admitted they, too, had briefly got their hopes up.
One Instagrammer wrote: “I got excited for 10 seconds.”
Another said: “Haha - that would’ve got my heart racing.”
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