Malpelo Monster (also Bongo or El Monstro) is a mysterious shark-like fish of the eastern Pacific Ocean (Pacific Ocean off Isla de Malpelo, an island 285 miles from the coast of Colombia). Length, 15 feet (female). Large eyes. Dorsal fin placed above the pectoral fins. Prefers colder water under the ther - mocline, 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.

Possible explanationsEdit

  • 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 fart her 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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