When we speak of prehistoric gigantic animals, dinosaurs come to our minds first but we rarely think of diverting our attention to seas and oceans. It is about time that we stop thinking of dinosaurs as the only big animals that lived on earth. There were others as well and believe us, they were, if not more, at least equally terrifying as dinosaurs. One such candidate was the Megalodon – the prehistoric gigantic shark which very likely terrorized the entire marine kingdom. Let us learn 20 interesting Megalodon facts and we are pretty sure you will find your jaws dropped!
Interesting Megalodon Facts: 1-10
1. Megalodon is a term derived from ancient Greek terms μέγας (which means megas or big) and ὀδoύς (which means tooth). Thus, Megalodon literally translates into “big tooth”.
2. The Megalodon was a prehistoric shark that lived some 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago. We call it the Cenozoic Era.
3. This prehistoric shark is considered to be most powerful and largest predator to have ever lived on planet Earth.
4. Today, the great white shark is considered to be the closest living relative of Megalodon but it is nowhere even close to the size of of its ancestor.
5. Some scientists believe the the Megalodon reached the maximum length of 59 feet but some others believe that it reached a maximum length of 100 feet. Forget about 100 feet. 59 feet is just enough to scare the crap out of us.
6. It is believed that the Megalodon weighed somewhere around 100 tons.
7. Considering the size of this prehistoric shark, its diet had to be befitting enough. Scientists believe that it fed on gigantic turtles that has extremely hard shells. Scientists also believe that it fed on prehistoric whales, squids, dolphins and other large fish.
8. According to the estimates made by scientists, the Megalodon had a biting force of 10.8 tons to 18.2 tons per square inch. Compared to that, the great white shark has a biting force of about 1.8 tons per square inch while lions have a biting force of 650 pounds per square inch.
9. With that kind of biting force, a Megalodon could munch on a prehistoric whale’s skull with same ease as humans munch on a grape.
10. Today, the biggest tooth of any living organism belongs to the great white shark. The tooth of a great white shark measures 3 inches. Compared to that the Megalodon’s teeth were gigantic. This prehistoric apex predator had teeth measuring up to half a foot.