Is Shark From “The Meg” Horror Movie Really Existed? 7 Facts About Killer Megalodon Shark to Make You Terrified Of The Water

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The latest Jason Statham thriller, ‘The Meg’, claims that it’s a “science fiction action horror” film about an enormous shark terrorizing a deep-sea research station.

Nexter.org gathered true facts about the main character of the upcoming movie – shark.

The largest shark that ever existed

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The megalodon was the largest shark ever to have lived, believed to have reached 50 to 70 feet (15.2 to 21.3 meters) long. That’s as long as three great white sharks! It was estimated to have weighed between 53 to 114 short (US) tons (48 metric tons) — equal to as many as sixteen adult male African elephants! Even the juveniles were huge — estimated to be between 13 to 23 feet (4 to 7 meters) long, still longer than a fully grown great white.

The megalodon’s teeth could reach sizes over 7 inches

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While most adult Megalodon teeth fell into the 4-5” size range, a few massive, fossil teeth have been found in excess of 7” The largest verifiable Megalodon tooth is a 7.48” tooth found near Ocucaje, Peru. Compare that to the Great White shark whose teeth reached a maximum size of under 3 inches in the largest individuals. Reconstructions of the Megalodon’s jaw suggest they may have been up to 7 feet across.

The ancestor of the Great White?

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Contrary to popular belief, fossil evidence shows that the Megalodon is NOT in fact closely related to the Great White Shark. When the Megalodon was first described based on fossil teeth in 1843, it was put in the same genus as the Great White shark, Carcharodon. They both had big, serrated teeth and were the marine apex predators of their time. But, as our understanding of shark taxonomy has grown and new fossil discoveries have filled gaps in the fossil record, it’s become apparent this assumption was not correct and a new Carcharocles genus was created.

The megalodon ate whales for breakfast

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This gigantic shark obviously required a massive amount of food and it’s been estimated an adult Megalodon may have had to consume over a ton of food per day to sustain itself. Fossil evidence points to the Megalodon preying on whales and other large marine mammals such as Sea Cows and Sea Lions.

Many fossil whale bones have been found with clear signs of large, bite marks made by teeth matching the Megalodon’s Other excavations have found Megalodon teeth lying next to the chewed remains of whales.

Is the megalodon still around?

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Every now and then, there are reports of monster sharks suspected to be megalodons. However, scientists are not convinced. Several studies have been published asserting that the megalodon is extinct, and has been for two or three million years now. If it were still alive, the sharks we know today would likely not be so abundant, nor large whales. They would have been eaten!

The megalodon had the most powerful bite of any known animal

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The Megalodon is believed to have had the most powerful bite of any animal, and it’s not even close. Computer models estimate the Megalodon’s bite force between 24,000 to 40,000 pounds (10,900 to 18,100 kilograms), This is 6-10 times that of the Great White shark and modern crocodiles, This is also 2-3 times that of the estimated bite force of 12,800 pounds for T-Rex and the large Mosasaurs. This enormous bite force could literally bite a small whale in half.

Why the megalodon became extinct

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Many other prehistoric giant animals have become extinct, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that the megalodon has vanished, as well. What led to its extinction? Scientists cite several factors. One is the cooling of the world’s oceans. Megalodons could not thrive in cold waters, after all, which is why they avoided the polar seas, and preferred to give birth in warm waters. As the megalodons moved to warmer waters, the whales that they loved to eat moved to cooler waters, which made feeding harder for them. Also, the killer whale made its appearance, and eventually filled in the megalodon’s ecological niche.

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Is Shark From "The Meg" Horror Movie Really Excisted? 7 Facts About Killer Megalodon Shark to Make You Terrified Of The Water
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