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Megalodon Facts

Written By Doug Mann
Megalodon Shark

The deep blue ocean has been home to some of the world’s most interesting creatures. Among them, was the Megalodon Shark, having stalked the depths of the world’s oceans for over 20 million years before going extinct.

To date, Carcharocles Megalodon (meaning “giant tooth”) is one of the largest fish on record. This article will take you down into the icy blue waters, exploring fun and interesting facts about this behemoth shark so popular that it even had a movie made about it (The Meg).

Megalodon Roamed the Seas Between 2 Million and 16 Million Years Ago

Otodus megalodon prowled the oceans during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs of the Cenozoic Era, between 2 million and 16 million years ago. They're the largest shark that ever lived! Fossilicious has genuine specimen real megalodon teeth for sale at affordable prices no matter your budget. The megalodon teeth we carry are 50% to 100% complete and because of this we are able to offer great prices on authentic megalodon teeth. 

The Megalodon Timeline and Fact File

The Otodus genus of Sharks are part of the Otondonidae family, and includes the also impressive Otodus obliquus. While little is known for sure about these giant denizens of the deep, we do know that they hunted large animals like whales. Providing nourishment for 48 tons of raw powered muscle is no slight task. Whale bones have been found with meg teeth embedded in them.

When Megalodon Went Extinct

Due to an incomplete fossil record, the exact date of the Megalodon’s extinction is difficult to pinpoint. However, fossils studied by at the University of Zurich in 2014 determined that the Megalodon fossils they examined dated back to between the Miocene Epoch to the Pliocene Epoch. In laymen terms, between 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago).

However, data shows that there is about a 1% chance that these sharks could still be alive (though most scientists balk at the possibility).

Length of Megalodons Were Between 47ft and 65ft

Big. Really, really big. That said, there is some debate amongst the scientific community as to just how big they were.

If we go off of teeth size, some scientists contend that the shark could have grown to as large as 60ft (National History Museum). Others contend that the sharks may have reached upwards of 80ft long (Encyclopedia Britannica).

Where Did Megalodons Live?

Megalodons were widespread during their time, with fossils of this gigantic sea creature found on every continent except for Antarctica. The shark seemed to enjoy warm, shallow waters. As the seas of old began to dry up and the ice age took hold, it is presumed the sharks may have simply starved or frozen into extinction.

What Did They Like to Feed On?

If you've ever wondered what the Megalodon Shark would eat, consider this. If the Lion is “king of the jungle”, the Megalodon was the king of the oceans. As a predator at the pinnacle at the top of the food chain, it likely fed on other large marine life such as whales, dolphins, sea cows, sea lions, and even other sharks.

Researchers have estimated that an adult shark may have needed around 1-ton of food daily in order to survive.

Megalodon Nurseries

We don’t typically think of these scary creatures as being parents to cute little megalodon toddlers, yet recent discoveries have revealed information about how, or rather where they preferred to birth and raise their spawn.

High concentrations of Megalodon teeth measuring a meager 1 ½” inches (as compared to adult teeth upwards of 7”) have been found in the Calvert Cliffs of Maryland and in the Bone Valley Region of Florida. This indicates that these areas may have been preferred nursery locations for the massive shark to birth its young.

The Largest Predator to Have Ever Lived?

Weighing up to 60 tons and possibly reaching upwards of 60-80 feet, this predator is indeed the largest to have lived on land or water. For comparison, the average Great White shark measures around 23 feet at its peak and weighs in at 3 ½ tons at its heaviest. A closer representation in raw size would be today’s Sperm Whale (which weighs less but is slightly longer in length).

But what about other extinct marine reptiles? Its no contest. Not even the impressive Tylosaurus, Mosasaurus or Liopleurodon could outweigh this monster.

How Big Were Their Teeth?

The majority of adult Megalodon teeth are measured at 4-5”. However, some teeth have been found that range up to 7” in size (wow). To date, the largest verified Megalodon tooth was found near Ocucaie, Peru and measured at 7.48”. For comparison, the teeth of a Great White Shark are only around 1/3 that size. If that isn’t impressive (or scary) enough, the jaw of the Megalodon may have been up to 7ft in diameter!

According to research published on BBC, the shark’s 276 serrated teeth were uniquely evolved to rip and tear flesh. With a bite force estimated to measure around 24,000-40,000 pounds of pressure, this beast was a force to be reckoned with. For comparison, the estimated bite force of the T-Rex was around 12,800 pounds of pressure.

Closing Thoughts

Although we’ll never have the pleasure (or fright) of seeing one of these creatures in real life, research and discoveries have provided us with a wealth of information about these large, majestic, and feared creatures.

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