Megalodon

Megalodon” is the common name for Carcharocles Megalodon, a truly gigantic predatory shark that went extinct long ago. Thanks to urban legends, and the popularity of movies like The Meg, Megalodon is once again in the public eye. We’re here to help separate the fact from the fiction and help dispell the myths about this giant prehistoric shark.

Here’s what you need to know, why it was an awesome animal and why you don’t have to worry about it still existing.

Many people/scientist ask lot of question about this fish cause lies are too much.

Questions like

-Was Megalodon the largest predator alive?

-What do Megalodon eat

-do they really cut/bite whale to half with their teeth?

And so many more

Was Megalodon the largest predator ever?

The best current estimates put Megalodon at a maximum size of about just under 18 metres in length, with a weight of 30 to 50 tons. It is important to remember that because sharks do not have bone skeletons, no Megalodon skeleton fossil has ever been found and these estimates are based almost entirely on their tooth size and by using the size of these teeth as a comparison to other sharks.While the Megalodon was certainly the largest shark known to have ever lived, it was not the only contender for biggest fish! Leedsichthys problematicus, meaning “Alfred Leeds’s problems causing fish”, was another prehistoric ocean giant. Estimates put Leedsichthys at approximately 16.5m long, substantially larger than the average Megalodon. Although huge, this fish was probably a filter feeder, not a predator.In fact, Megalodon might not even have been the largest predator in the ocean at the time it was alive – the recently discovered Leviathan whale (liyanthan Melville ) was potentially larger than Megalodon and occupied the same territorial waters. The Leviathan was likely a close ancestor of modern sperm whales, but it was a true apex predator with the largest teeth of any known animal (more than twice the size of the Megalodon) and likely used a similar hunting strategy

Estimates of the first Leviathan found put it at a maximum size of 17.5m, although since then larger specimens have been discovered (but, at the time of writing, these findings were unpublished in scientific literature). In fact, although Leviathan was huge – we don’t need to look back in time to find a predatory whale larger than Megalodon: Present-day sperm whales have been recorded reaching 20.7m – far longer than Megalodon

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The special teeth

Depicts a Megalodon biting a glass window of a giant submarine – leaving a huge tooth impression. Megalodon may have had the most powerful bite in the animal kingdom, but that cinematic move would simply have shattered every tooth in its mouth, leaving with windows completely unaffected.Normal glass has a Moh’s hardness 5.5 and tooth enamel is lower at just 5. In fact, even human teeth are stronger than that of sharks Megalodon tooth fossils are common – in fact, they were used as jewelry by native Americans for more than 10 000 years. Megalodon had approximately 276 teeth, arranged in five rows in each jaw. These rows enabled Megalodon to constantly shed worn out teeth and replace them with new, sharp ones – something that our ragged -teeth do too.

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