JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the world of infotainment, it seems Discovery Channel has jumped into the murky waters of what is fact and what isn't.
Their latest special on the prehistoric shark giant called Megaladon was a real viewer grabber.
5 million people watched the film produced to mimic a documentary.
But there's a problem: By Discovery Channel's own admission, the quote "scientists" used in the film were actually actors.
And a disclaimer in the credits said some of the information was dramatized in an attempt to make it seem like the giant shark may still be flopping around out there.
Turns out, actual scientists say that's totally impossible and the film was mostly science fiction.
And that caused an uproar on social media against the network that many love and trust.
"You might half expect this from some other network ... But discovery? What's next ... History channel telling me Abe Lincoln was a Ghostbuster?"
Dr. Quinton White is the executive director of Jacksonville University's Marine Science Research Institute.
He's said these so called documentaries get on his nerves.
Remember Discovery's film about the existence of mermaids?
"I got all these calls about mermaids, they still don't exist."
But, annoying calls aside, he said the bigger issue is that people will accept this as fact.
"Bothers me a lot when they play these fake documentaries," he said. "Because they promote fake science, they want to believe it but it's not true."
To go a step further, Discovery put a poll question on their website after the film aired.
Seventy-one percent of voters said they believe the Megaladon could still exist.
Dr. White is pretty definitive on how he would vote.
"No ... No no."
First Coast News