Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Megalodon

Ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated by sharks.  My favorite was The Great White, Carcharodon carcharias! The biggest baddest of them all. At least that's what most people think (mostly thanks to Jaws.) In reality the baddest shark is probably the Bull shark, (although some (Jacques Cousteau) would argue that the Oceanic White Tip is the most dangerous.) Bulls are the most aggressive sharks there are, and are credited with the most attacks on humans near shore. Despite not being the most vicious, the great white is, most likely, the largest meat eating shark alive today, but its ancestor the Megalodon was even bigger! How big? Average size is theorized to be around 67 ft in length and 103 metric tons in weight, (of course they could have been bigger.) That's big enough to swallow a Great White shark whole. Just imagine if that shark was around today! Swimming, sailing, surfing, anything done in the ocean, would probably be incredibly dangerous.

Now what exactly did this monster eat? There is evidence that megalodon preyed upon a variety of marine animals including sperm whales, bowhead whales,  dolphins, porpoises and even giant sea turtles. Due to its size, megalodon would have fed primarily on large animals, and whales were likely an important food source. According to wiki many whale bones have been found with clear signs of large bite marks (deep gashes) made by the teeth that match those of C. megalodon, and various excavations have revealed C. megalodon teeth lying close to the chewed remains of whales, and sometimes even embedded in them.

Thank goodness they're extinct.

15 comments:

  1. might wanna credit the artists of those pictures.

    http://kerembeyit.deviantart.com/art/Out-of-Blue-83292813?q=boost%3Apopular+megalodon&qo=2

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  2. I'm sorry. I didn't get the pictures from there. I apparently asked the wrong person If I could use them.

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  3. Uh, you might want to change the font to a sans-serif.

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  4. nott effin real ! thank you very muchh !

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    1. they became extinct, I hope you know that or did you drop out of school?

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  5. WOW! They are huge! That's pretty scary!

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  6. Megalodon was the most largest known predator known! It was stronger than predator x and livyatan and it's bite force was around 18 to 24 tonnes!! 5 times stronger than a t-rex's bite force

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  7. These pictures really good!I almost believe they are still alive.

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  8. this is real and my friend told me that they could still be 1 or 2 out there today!

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  9. The megalodon is still out there I know it. They are probably just living at the bottom of the ocean feeding on whales and giant squid

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  10. how do you know that i thought they said it was extinct

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  11. Yes this thing was very much real yep yep yep

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  12. thier still alive !!1!

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  13. None of y'all can spell

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