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Malpelo Monster (also Bongo or El Monstro) is a mysterious shark-like fish of the eastern Pacific Ocean (The Pacific Ocean off Isla de Malpelo, an island 285 miles off the coast of Colombia).

It possessed a length of 15 feet (female) and had large eyes. The dorsal fin was placed above the pectoral fins. It prefers colder water under the thermocline, below 160 feet. This shark has been seen and photographed on rare occasions by divers. Colombian biologist Sandra Bessudo launched an investigation in March 2001 to determine its status.

The Sighting

On an ordinary dive at the National Malpelo Park, in Columbia, Sandra Bessudo, biologist and park director, suddenly comes face to face with a gigantic unknown species of shark. Completely bewildered by the beast the nicknames " The Monster ", Sandra is driven to discover the shark's identity. In the beginning of 2002, she organizes a risky expedition to find out more about this demon of the sea.

During the ultimate ocean adventure, a storm wipes out access to the shark's lair. Then a brutal band of pirates tries to hijack Sandra's boat and seizes 14 tons of sharks by stabbing her nets with their spears.This violent attack is just one of the adventures captured in this captivating documentary as we follow the courageous and determined Sandra Bessudo on her quest to learn the identity of the Monster Shark of Malpelo.

Possible Explanations

  • The Sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) is similar and found in all warm seas except perhaps the eastern Pacific. It grows to a length of about 10 feet 6 inches. However, its dorsal fin is placed farther back.
  • The Small tooth sand tiger (Odontaspis ferox) has been seen off southern California and Baja California. It has smaller eyes and grows to 12 feet long.
  • An unknown species of Sand tiger shark (Family Odont aspididae), suggested by Sandra Bessudo.

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