Megalodon Facts : The Megalodon, or megatooth shark, is known mainly from its fossil teeth and vertebra – since it was a cartilaginous fish, it did not have proper bones, and therefore they are not well preserved as fossils. Scientists estimate that it grew up to 16 to 20 metres long (55 feet to 70 feet), weighing perhaps 55000 kg (120000 pounds).
What did the Megalodon eat? The Megalodon was a predator. A Megalodon tooth is about 17cm (7 inches) long! Along with this and its huge size, its favourite food was most likely whale. It probably looked a lot like the great white shark – only four times as big!
The Megalodon was a shark . It belonged to a family of sharks called the Mackerel sharks or White sharks (Lamnidae). These sharks are fast-swimming sharks, that love eating meat. Depite their reputation, even the most ferocious rarely attack people. They prefer fish, seals, and other ocean-dwelling creatures. Since the Megalodon was a Lamnidae, it follows that as well as being the world’s largest ever Cartilaginous fish ,
- The world’s largest ever Mackerel Shark was the Megalodon,
- The world’s largest ever Shark was the Megalodon,
However, after that, the Megalodon steps aside in the record books. The world’s largest fish was the Leedsichthys , and the world’s largest ever animal and vertebrate is the Blue Whale (which is a whale!).
Megalodon means “enormous tooth”. The scientific name for the Megalodon is still debated by scientists. Some feel it should be Carcharodon megalodon, since it is similar to the Great White Pointer (Carcharodon carcharias). Others feel it is different enough to deserve its own “genus”, and propose the name Carcharocles megalodon.
Megalodon picture: Since the Megalodon is extinct, we can only imagine what it looked like. A google image search will lead you to a few such imaginings, as well as many actual photos of fossil megalodon teeth.
Living Megalodon Shark : Of course, such a huge predator inspires some to imagine still further – there are many rumours of sightings of the Megalodon. However, investigation usually proves that the witnesses only saw a very large Great White Shark. In the meantime, of course, this enormous predator has inspired its share of of Megalodon books and movies. Warning! Not for the faint-at-heart!
9 thoughts on “Megalodon – The Biggest Shark There Ever Was!”
do YOU think the megalodon is still alive?
Even if it is alive and people see it soon enough it will be in a cage
I dont know but it would be cool to see one in real life
Swimming right next to you right?? =)
I found this article to be very interesting and the shark is my favorite animal. Thank you for a very interesting read i enjoyed it immensely.
they are my favorite animals too i find sharks so interesten.. these sharks were huge its unbelieve that there tooth can fit in you palm of your hand..
I doubt that anyone would want to be swimming alongside this behemoth, Megalodon. It would just as soon eat you as to look at you and you would be but a mere morsal to the smorgasbord of marine animals that were on his diet. At 52.5 tons and 52.5 feet long, this shark was the top predator of his time, and not something most sane people would want to see much less be in the water at the same time with. It was a kin of the Great White Shark, but more in line with the size of a city bus on steroids with pectoral fins 30 feet from tip-to-tip. Not something I’d want to see even in an aquarium…It’s scare the bejeebers outta me. Had it been on land, it would have been able to swallow a rhinoceros whole, but because of it’s mass/girth, it wouldn’t have been able to get up on land due to buoyancy issues. I’d just as soon think that this prehistoric giant with a gaping maw of a mouth 6 feet wide and 7 feet tall and teeth 7 inches long the size of a man’s hand as being extinct. The more they evolved, the larget they got in prehistory…let it stay extinct…not something I’d be comfortable with seeing any time soon, either.
I would hope megs are still alive but find it very doubtfull, there teeth are non-existant in Piestocene marine sediments despite having dominated the Pliocene just before
Even if the megalodon was alive it was 15 m round so it woulndt be a le to come within a mile off the shore line without the possibility of being beached
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