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10 Killer Megalodon Facts

10 Killer Megalodon Facts

Fact #1. The Megalodon Shark Was The Largest Predator That Ever Lived. Reaching lengths of up to 60 feet and an estimated maximum weight of over 60 tons, the Megalodon is the largest known predator in Earth’s history. The modern Sperm Whale is longer, but probably not as heavy as the Megalodon. To compare this size, the largest modern Great White sharks max out around 23 feet and 3 ½...

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Is The Megalodon Real?

Yes, the Megalodon was a real shark, but no it is not still alive. It went extinct approximately 2.6 million years ago. In the aftermath of the Discovery Channel’s fake Megalodon documentaries people have questioned not only whether the Megalodon is alive but also whether totally made up it’s existence. After all, a 60 foot whale-eating shark with seven inch teeth does sound like something out of a bad horror...

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What Did The Megalodon Shark Eat?

Whatever it wanted...

As the joke would go, it was a 60 foot shark, it could eat whatever it wanted. But, what does the fossil record show that the Megalodon really ate? Fossil evidence shows that the Megalodon primarily fed on large marine mammals including whales, dolphins, sea lions, dugongs (sea cows), as well as sea turtles and large fish. Younger Megalodon sharks probably concentrated on smaller prey, while a 60 foot adult...

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Fossil Megalodon Teeth vs. Fossil Great White Teeth

Left: Juvenile Megalodon tooth. Right: Fossil Great White shark tooth.

To an amateur fossil collector, seeing a juvenile Megalodon tooth for the first time can be a surprise. Most of the time, these juvenile Megalodon teeth are often labeled as fossil great white shark teeth, but if you look closely, there are a few distinct differences between the two. Let’s start off with the overall root shape. On the left, is the juvenile Megalodon, and on the right is the...

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Megalodon Myth: Recent Megalodon Teeth Have Been Found in New Caledonia

In our latest post in a series covering Megalodon myths and false “facts” we will cover the claim that recent Megalodon teeth have been recovered in New Caledonia.  The claim of Megalodon teeth dating between 11,000 and 24,000 years old being dredged up around this island is frequent fodder for conspiracy theory websites and has been repeatedly mentioned in the comments on our Facebook page.  It even got air play from...

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Megalodon Tooth Compared To Great White Tooth

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6 5/8″ fossil Megalodon tooth, a 3 1/8″ fossil Great White and a 1 1/2 inch modern day Great White. Photo Credit: Brandon Zulli of FossilDriven.com

The largest Megalodon teeth could reach sizes in excess of 7 inches.  Compare this to the largest modern day Great White Shark teeth which are under 3 inches.  Check out the photo below comparing a large fossil Megalodon tooth, a fossil Great White Shark tooth (they grew bigger during the Miocene) and a modern day Great White tooth.  Pretty impressive… Most recent analysis puts the Megalodon’s maximum size at around...

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What is the largest Megalodon tooth ever found?

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Largest verifiable Megalodon tooth at 7.48" long. Photo credit Craig Sundell

Fossil Megalodon teeth are relatively common in some areas of the world, such as the coastal regions of the SE United State. Most adult Megalodon teeth fall into the 4-5 inch size range. As teeth approach 6 inches they become rare, representing far less than 1% of teeth. These 6 inch teeth obviously represented extremely large individual sharks. Very few Megalodon teeth have ever been found exceeding 7 inches. Many...

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Could The Megalodon Be Alive In The Deep Ocean?

Megalodon from the deep.

Many book and movie plots have suggested that the giant Megalodon shark could still be alive in the deep oceans (such as the Marianas Trench). The argument goes that most of the deep ocean lies unexplored, so who knows what could be down there, maybe there is a Megalodon. But, how much scientific reality is there to this argument. One claim is made that we had never caught or filmed...

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Is The Megalodon Still Alive?

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Count the Megalodon still be lurking in the deep ocean? Science says, No

If Megalodon sharks were still alive today, they would be a breathtaking sight. They were the largest sharks ever — up to three times longer and thirty times heavier than today’s great white sharks. Or as a shark scientist quoted by National Geographic put it, “A great white is about the size of the clasper, or penis, of a male Megalodon.” Their teeth averaged 3 to 5 inches — and were sometimes more than 7 inches long....

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