Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002)

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Revealing mistake: When the megalodon attacks the yacht the party goers jump off the yacht, and some of them reach the large round safety raft. To the raft's right, there is a visible yellow line attached to it so it doesn't drift away for the shots.

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Continuity mistake: During one scene, in numerous shots Ben pushes the throttle lever all the way up, but in shots between he never actually pulls the lever down.

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Factual error: In different scenes, with the mama Megalodon, the teeth shown are around the size of the people themselves. In actuality, the Megalodon's tooth is only a bit larger than the size of your hand.

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Revealing mistake: When the megalodon appears, Ben shoots a flare into the sky, which catches the attention of Hector who is flying in the chopper. In the exterior shot of Hector's reaction, there is a reflection of a fence on the side of the chopper, even though Ben signaled for help while out in the ocean.

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Factual error: At the start of the film, a shark is attacking and killing a diver who is presumably at a depth of 1,500 feet. However, the shots actually show a great white shark eating a diver on the water's surface.

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Continuity mistake: When Ben takes the photograph of the shark tooth to have it analyzed, he hold the tooth as he uses his digital camera. The camera is not connected to his computer, but the picture appears anyway. Also, Ben's fingers are not holding the tooth and the photo doesn't have a background.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the three main characters are all sitting at a table, the reflection of the cameraman is visible in the picture at the back of the room.

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Factual error: When the lobster is caught off the coast of Mexico, at the start, it has large claws, such as found in Maine. "Spiny" lobsters, without claws, are found in Mexico.

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Factual error: The megalodon tooth shown in the film is actually not from a megalodon. It seems to be related to the genus Isurus, the mako shark, or maybe the Cosmopolitodus, which most scientists identify as the ancestor of the great whites. The tooth doesn't have a v-shaped root, it is laterally compressed and lacks a scar and fine serrations.

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Factual error: During quite a few underwater shots, there are no air bubbles coming from any of the divers' air tanks, which likely reveals that those shots were filmed somewhere else.

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Factual error: Sharks are attracted to electrical fields, but fiber optic cables, such as the ones used underwater in the film, do not emit any electromagnetic radiation for the shark to actually be drawn to.

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Continuity mistake: The request Ben submits to the bulletin board, to identify the shark tooth, is titled "Mystery Shark". Then when Cat finds it, its title is "Mistery Shark", but when she reads it in the close-up, the spelling is correct again.

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Continuity mistake: When the woman is parasailing, then tries grab hold of the researcher's hand, in all the underwater shots the woman is underneath the parachute, and in all the shots above the water she's above it.

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the film, the megalodon's size changes repeatedly.

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Continuity mistake: Outside the Apex building, when the time appears on the screen, the time reads 5:00 AM, but in the next shot the clock above the window reads 10:30.

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Revealing mistake: When the shark knocks the Apex yacht, the camera moves violently and people act as if they lose their balance, but the champagne in their glasses doesn't spill a drop.

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Continuity mistake: Ben is about to shoot the flare while Cat grabs the aid kit. Half a second later, an aerial shot shows the box floating in the middle of the ocean.

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Continuity mistake: When Cat is climbing the rope to get on the helicopter, the close shots show her hair is wet, but in the wide ones, where her face is not seen, her hair is dry and looks like an awful wig.

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Continuity mistake: After the boat sinks, the shark opens its mouth to eat two floating men. Their heads have been pasted in the middle of the mouth footage, but their bodies have suddenly disappeared, together with the floating device they held onto. Furthermore, they don't shout, cry, move, or show any reaction whatsoever.

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Revealing mistake: When the boat sinks, the shark eats a boat and, seconds later, two men in the water. For both scenes, the same footage of the shark coming out of the water and moving its jaws is used.

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Continuity mistake: The lifeguard runs to the shore telling people to get out of the water, and passes by some people on the beach. There's a two-second-long shot of the swimmers, and suddenly the previous scene is repeated for no reason at all. The lifeguard is away from the shore running towards the water again, and all the people on the beach have vanished.

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Continuity mistake: The waitress hands Ben the tray with coffees and withdraws her hands from the counter. Immediately afterward, they're on top of it again.

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Audio problem: When Ben takes a picture of the camera (when transferring the tooth photo) it makes a totally different sound to that when Cat uses it.

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Continuity mistake: After picking up the lobster, Ben is inside a boat, but disappears from it in the wide angle.

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Revealing mistake: After Ben picks up the lobster and the shark tooth, he gets in a boat that starts to turn around. The close-up of him shows the background still.

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Continuity mistake: After the incident with the seal and the shark, the couple are explaining it all to a cop who writes it down on a notepad. In the close-up it changes to a pink bottle, and in the wider angle back to a notepad.

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Continuity mistake: After the mating couple in the sea scene, Ben is watching the dead shark and the couple are in the back with a cop. When the angle changes, the woman is now sitting on the car's hood and a cop has suddenly appeared on the left side.

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Factual error: On the Mexican beach, a girl jumps over a fence with a sign that reads "Cierado - Closed". The correct spelling is "Cerrado".

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Revealing mistake: While the shark eats the raft with the people in it, the whole raft, including its inside, has been deleted except for its border.

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Continuity mistake: After Ben brings the first aid kit, the size of the sunken ship is very narrow, but from a wide shot it's much wider.

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Continuity mistake: Everyone in the Apex yacht falls down when the shark knocks the ship violently, but the fragile tower made of champagne glasses manages to defy the laws of gravity, and it doesn't move an inch amidst the chaos until a waiter stumbles upon it.

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Continuity mistake: After a woman falls off the Apex yacht, a man falls down, and when he is about to hit the water a raft suddenly appears.

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Revealing mistake: The shot of the shark opening its mouth to eat the politician from the yacht is the same one used for when Ben and Cat where climbing the rope to get on the helicopter.

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Continuity mistake: When the parasailing woman is in the water and grabs Cat's hand, from a front angle the parasail is in front of her. From the back shots, it totally disappears.

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Revealing mistake: A man is seen trying to fish a swordfish. When the angle changes to that of the fish, the sky is totally different.

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Continuity mistake: After Ben brings the first aid kit to the sunken ship, Cat's seating position keeps swapping depending on the shot: legs wide spread, or sideways.

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Continuity mistake: When Ben and Cat are climbing on the bottom of the sunken ship, the wide angle shows her away from him, already up. In the closer angle they're together and he holds her by the arm.

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Continuity mistake: Before the parasailing woman falls to the water, the parasail is behind her, but in the close-ups it disappears.

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Revealing mistake: The shark attacks the parasailing boat and makes the driver hit his head against a rail and fall unconscious. First of all, the bang of his head is not heard. Second, his hit and further fall are one of the worst stunts in movie history.

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Continuity mistake: When the shark is about to attack Scott, the parasailing boat driver, the shark keeps swapping from being way underwater to close to the surface in a matter of nano seconds.

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Audio problem: When Ben shoots at the shark, he falls backwards and pulls no trigger, yet bangs are heard.

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Continuity mistake: The same shot of the front of the boat is used over and over again, despite the waves or the speed changing in the wide angles the front is always moving fast on a calmed sea.

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Continuity mistake: On the boat, when looking for the shark, Ben lifts the speed handle and puts his hands away from it. When he grabs it again, couple seconds later, with the boat moving fast, the handle is down and he lifts it again.

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Continuity mistake: The crew is reflected on the glass on the wall when Ben visits Cat in her apartment.

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Continuity mistake: When a guy is playing frisbee with his dog on the beach, the sky keeps swapping from sunny to cloudy.

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Continuity mistake: Cat places a GPS and camera on the shark's right side of the tail, but the images they receive are from the left side of the tail.

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Continuity mistake: Cat places a GPS on the shark's tail, and the gadget sticks out as if someone had placed it from behind. But she was on the right side, and aimed straight, so there's no way for the GPS to be in that position.

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Continuity mistake: On the boat, the crew is filming the shark approaching. When it swims, bait suddenly appears hanging from the air, which changes to a humongous piece of bait half a second later, together with the climate, that swaps to cloudy, and then in a change of angle the bait is gone and it's sunny again.

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Continuity mistake: Before the cameraman is about to be attacked by the shark, he says he's filmed a great scene and gives a high five to Cat two times. The second one, she lifts her right arm but immediately the shot cuts to a close-up where she has her arm down, yet the sound of hands touching is heard.

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Continuity mistake: The shark is about to attack the cameraman but instead bites a wooden plank on the boat and withdraws back to the ocean, causing no human or material damage. However, in the following close-up, bite marks appear on the wood.

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Visible crew/equipment: After the 2 guys and Cataline arrive at Playa del Rey, one of them looks at her with his sunglasses on. The reflection shows no woman, but a metal structure with a brilliant light flashing.

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Continuity mistake: In Playa del Rey, the 2 guys watch Cataline's butt and she calls their attention. The glasses on the face of one of them keep swapping from being well placed to up by his forehead.

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