Little-Known Curiosities About the Largest Shark On Earth; the Megalodon

The Megalodon ruled the sea for more than 20 million years. Astonishing, isn't it?

There are various massive predators that have graced the earth in the past. However, some of them are now extinct and can no longer be seen wandering freely on planet earth. It is widely believed that dinosaurs and megalodons ruled over their territories millions of years ago. Both are now extinct, though. 

In this particular article, we are going to talk about megalodon sharks. They were once considered the kings and queens of the ocean as they were humongous in size. It is said that female megalodons were twice as large as the males. Fascinating, isn’t it? 

Megalodon Shark Tooth
A megalodon tooth next to a tooth of a great white shark. Source: White Shark Projects.

According to the experts, the largest megalodon tooth ever found was approximately 7 inches long. We can say that it was almost 3 times longer and wider than the average tooth of a modern-day white shark. It is believed that megalodons, in general, had the most powerful set of jaws as their mouth was approximately 10 feet wide. They could certainly devour multiple humans in one go. 

Moreover, they preyed upon all sorts of sea creatures, including whales, dolphins, seals, etc. They graced the earth almost 20 million years ago. Since sharks do not have bones, most of the information we know about the megalodon sharks come from their huge fossil teeth. Furthermore, we do not know how megalodons looked in real. The pictures we see on the internet are inaccurate. The marine experts only found their teeth in different parts of the ocean. People generally think megalodons looked like a massive, white shark. It could be true, but we are not certain.

Some scientists think that approximately a fourth of all large animals including turtles and sea birds became extinct due to earth’s cool temperatures. The predators could not find sufficient food despite being cold-blooded. Hence, many of them died and became extinct. The cooling of the planet may have contributed to the extinction of the megalodon in several ways.

Certain facts about the megalodon sharks:

1) We do know that megalodons became extinct by the end of the Pliocene era approximately 2.6 million years ago when the planet entered a phase of global cooling.

2) We do not know when the last megalodon died; certain people suggest that it died 3.6 million years ago.

3) The oldest relative of megalodon is a 55-million-year-old shark known as Otodus obliquuswhich grew to about 10 metres in length.

4) The megalodons were the largest fish ever lived; they were over 58.7 feet long. That’s about three times as big as the largest sharks in the ocean today.

Some people say that megalodons are still alive and remain hidden in the Mariana Trench. It could be true, to be honest. Only 5% of the ocean has been discovered as yet; we have no idea what lies in the depths of the undiscovered waters. Mariana Trench is famous for being extremely deep; the scientists and marine explorers have not been able to hit the lowest point as its depth is still unknown. Who knows what sort of monsters or creatures reside there. Some people also suggest that megalodons reside in the Bermuda Triangle, but the truth remains a mystery. 

 

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