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10 AMAZING MEGALODON FACTS

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#megalodon Regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predators in vertebrate history, megalodons probably was the biggest fish that ever lived. Fossil remains suggest that this giant shark reached a length of 18 metres (59 ft). Scientists suggest that C. megalodon looked like a stockier version of the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias

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.

The word “megalodon” comes from two Greek words — megas, which means “big”, and odont, meaning “tooth”. The megalodon did indeed have giant teeth — five rows of over 270 sharp teeth that could grow over 7 inches (18 centimeters) long and over 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide at the base. The largest megalodon tooth found to date is 7.6 inches (19 centimeters) long.

Only the famous Tyrannosaurus rex and the saber-toothed cats are known to have had consistently larger teeth — the teeth of the T. rex reached 9 inches (23 centimeters) long and the smilodon’s fangs grew up to 11 inches (28 centimeters).

Combine a large jaw with giant teeth and what do you get? The most powerful bite in history. In 2008, a group of scientists estimated the bite force of the megalodon to be between 24,000 to 41,000 pounds of force (106,757 to 182,377 Newtons). That’s about ten times stronger than the bite of a great white shark!

There are no songs about megalodons that we know of, but if there was, it might be titled, I like be Megalodons!

Megalodons were the subject of the Discovery Channel documentary. Discovery billed the special, "Megalodon: The Monster Shark That Lives," as taking viewers "on a search for a massive killer great white shark responsible for a rash of fatalities off the coast of South Africa." Viewers were expecting to watch shark experts and scientists examine evidence that the massive creatures could still be swimming around somewhere.

The only problem is that, as National Geographic notes, the megalodon has been extinct for millions of years, and viewers have complained they weren't presented with any evidence to the contrary.

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