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The Megalodon of Port Soif

Gabriel Snow
Year 3 St Mary & St Michael

On the tiny island off Guernsey, there is a U-shaped beach called Port Soif. It has white, soft sands, and in the bay, there are hardly any waves. However, where the bay opens out to the ocean, there are sharp rocks on either side, and the waves here are humongous. People from Guernsey believe that between these rocks, where the ocean goes deep, and it turns black, a prehistoric shark called the megalodon lives. This shark eats 2,500 pounds of fish a day, and it has a mouth that opens 10-feet wide. Even if I stand on my mum’s shoulders, I would not fit in its mouth. Its bite is recorded to be the strongest in the world. If you know anything about dinosaurs, you will know that a female megalodon is twice the size of a male and this particular megalodon is a gigantic female. Her name is ‘Big Tooth.’

Years ago, people did not understand why the waves crashed out to sea between the rocks, so they said it was the megalodon swishing its tail. There have been boats that have passed here with massive holes in them with no explanation of the damage. Loads of fishermen have disappeared. People of Guernsey say that Big Tooth took them. The Guernsey news said that it was Storm Dennis on 13th February 2020, but the people of Guernsey know it was the Megalodon that caused those waves. No people in Guernsey swim past these rocks in the winter because she comes in, but in the summer, she is gone. Next time to look out to Port Soif, you know she is prowling when you see her dark shape in the waves. Are you going to risk going out that deep? I’m not.

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