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mischievous-fairy  asked:

Hello 😄 (I'm from Poland so my english might be a little messy). So I've seen a Megalodon documentary on Animal Planet and I just found your blog, so I want to ask: what do you think about all this stuff? Like, do you belive that megalodon might be real? Sorry if that's stuid question,but I'm just wondering and you're the shark specialist so here I am. Also have a nice day! 😊

I really do believe the Megalodon was real. In fact, there’s proof of the existence of this huge shark.

Teeth are still regularly found in deep waters or are washed ashore. These teeth are gigantic. (Left is a Megalodon tooth, right is a Great White tooth)

Other tooth findings indicate that the Megalodon weighed up to 30 times as much as today’s Great White Shark at a hefty 70 to 100 tons.

Here’s the jaw reconstruction, too! This is an estimate remodel using the size of the teeth.

But its fossil record is incomplete and when it became extinct is unclear, according to livescience.

Some people believe that this ancient shark is still roaming the sea. But these conspiracy theories are not backed by science, but it’s still pretty fun to imagine, no?

This shark was real though, and it ruled the sea for millions of years.

FYI your english is absolutely fine! :)

I finally watched the Prince of Egypt last night and I saw this scene in context and realised what it actually was.

People thought it was a whale, then they thought it was a Megalodon Shark which made sense to me when I saw the gif except for the fact that they died out millions of years before this story. And then seeing the reaction of the little girl and her Grandma, the kid is terrified but her Gran reassures her like it’s nothing to worry about which is what really helped me figure it out. That kid thought it was a huge Shark too. Well no, it ain’t and Grandma knows what it is, she knows that it’s harmless.

One thing I always noticed was that it’s got the tail of a shark but the head of a whale. Now what has a whale head and a shark tail? A WHALE SHARK. They inhabit the Red Sea and the largest Whale Shark on record was 12.2 metres long but they believe them to grow even bigger, to the size of a bus. Ergo it has to be a Whale Shark.

Case closed; Class dismissed.

Not only was Megalodon the biggest prehistoric shark that ever lived; it was the largest predatory marine creature in the history of the planet, outweighing both modern great white’s and ancient reptiles like Liopleurodon and Kronosaurus.

Reported Megalodon shark sightings have some people wondering if the most formidable predator the ocean has ever seen might still be alive today, even though science and common sense tell us it’s impossible.

In the 1960’s the captain of a 55-foot fishing ship reported that a white shark at least as long as the boat passed by while they sat at anchor. The crew refused to officially discuss the sighting, but the Captain gave his account. An experienced sailor, the Captain would have been able to recognize a whale if that is what it had been, but he claimed it was indeed a giant shark.

Unfortunately, when it comes to more recent Megalodon sightings there isn’t a whole lot to hang our hats on. Megalodon has firmly planted itself in the realm of cryptozoology, and few marine biologists and shark researchers take the creature seriously in the modern day.

RECORD BREAKERS

Life on earth, as magnificent and versatile as it is, is seemingly tame compared to the weird and wonderful creatures that once existed. All categories of life have reached unimaginable sizes, here are just a selection of prehistoric record breakers!

MEGALODON
The biggest shark known to have existed, ruling over the oceans as recently as up to a million years ago. A length of almost 20 metres and weighing in at an estimated 48 tonnes, Megalodon could deliver a crucifying bite of up to 110,000N. It is no surprise that the Megalodon was dubbed the “whale killing shark”.

MEGATHERIUM
Our early ancestors would have been quite familiar with Megatherium as they existed up to 8000 years ago, they were in fact the largest sloths to have existed. Sloths have a reputation as being lazy, slow and docile, but Megatherium was a 6 metre long, 4 tonne monster with a killer instinct and knife-like claws. Megatherium’s discovery came before that of the dinosaurs. Skeletons of these prehistoric beasts were a delight to the Victorian public and paved the way for the science of palaeontology.

ARCHELON
Literally meaning “large turtle”, Archelon certainly was just that. Existing during the cretaceous, the time of the dinosaurs, Archelon could reach 4.5 metres long and may have lived to over 100 years old. Archelon could not compete with other cretaceous beings in speed and agility, but its blade-like beak was able to slice through flesh and crush though the toughest ammonite shells. Unfortunately Archelon appears to have been a popular snack for other marine dwellers, skeletons are frequently missing flippers or heads and covered in slashes.

TITANOBOA
When the dinosaurs reign ended, a new era saw the rise of new super-predators, one was Titanoboa, the largest snake ever with a body up to 13 metres long, standing a metre off the ground and weighing up to 2500 pounds. Titanoboa was 30% longer than even todays largest species. Scientists believe this humongous snake hunted like its modern relatives, the boa constrictors, by winding around prey and suffocating them.

IRISH ELK
Owner of the largest antlers of any animal, up to 3 metres wide, the Irish Elk gets its name from its frequent discoveries in Irish peat bogs. Existing up to 10,000 years ago, these would have been a common sight in grasslands for our ancestors. Many fossils indicate the animals died of starvation which is why the antlers are thought to have been part of elaborate mating contests between males, often resulting in one being fatally injured and unable to feed itself.

DEINOTHERIUM
A distant relative of the elephants and mammoths, Deinotherium was more sinister, its name translates to “terrible beast”, they would have most likely caused trouble for our ancient ancestors around 1.5 million years ago. Deinotherium is actually considered to be the second largest land mammal of all time, behind Paraceratherium and is iconic in appearance due to its sharp, downward facing tusks.

ARCTODUS
Known as the short faced bear, they were the biggest bears on record and one of the largest mammal carnivores to have existed. Whilst their skull was short, they were packed with piercing teeth that could deliver a bone crushing bite. Existing up to 11,000 years ago, out ancestors would have stayed well clear of this 900 kilogram predator, with slender limbs and knife-like claws, Arctodus was deadly.

SARCOSUCHUS
One of the most infamous fossil discoveries in history, Sarcosuchus was the largest crocodile to walk the Earth up to 112 million years ago, this was a crocodile capable of killing dinosaurs. Sarcosuchus was twice as long as a saltwater crocodile, that’s 11-12 metres long and could reach over 8 tonnes. Its jaw was packed full of 66 teeth either side of its jaw and would have clamped down on prey that wandered too near.

ARGENTINOSAURUS
One of the largest lifeforms that has ever stood on the Earth, Argentinosaurus could grow up to 30 metres long with its hind limbs standing 4.5 metres off the ground. They existed between 97-94 million years ago and at adulthood would have been virtually indestructible to predators. Its weight is estimated at a staggering 80-100 tonnes. There hasn’t been another land mammal on the same scale as Argentinosaurus since and it’s unlikely there ever will be.

SPINOSAURUS
The largest discovered therapod ever, a group that includes Allosaurus and Tryrannosaurus. Spinosaurus remained an enigma to scientists for decades, the only discovered specimen was sadly destroyed during World War 2 and was not rediscovered until the 21st century. Spinosaurus is thought to have reached up to 16 metres long and weighed in around 12 tonnes, that is almost double the weight of a T-rex!

The signs as dinosaurs

(Note: these are real photographs of dinosaurs. They are in no way artist’s renditions. Dinosaurs are real and I will fight you on that)

Aries: Pterodactyl

Taurus: Apatosaurus

Gemini: Megalodon

Cancer: Ganeosaurus

Leo: Liopleurodon

Virgo: Pachycephalosaurus

Libra: Hadrosaur

Scorpio: Velociraptor

Sagittarius: Triceratops

Capricorn: Ankylosaurus

Aquarius: Diplodocus

Pisces: Stegosaurus

The Helicoprion was a prehistoric genus of shark with an utterly terrifying lower jaw, which displayed a “wheel” of teeth that could apparently spin and pulverize it’s prey completely. Fossils show that they grew to up to 7 meters in length and were one of the deep sea’s most ferocious predators. Some marine biologists have made the far-fetched claim that a species of Helicoprion may still exist, and is lurking on the ocean floor somewhere, just waiting for it’s next victim.

Shit DAMN nothing gets me hyped like Megalodon sharks

Every time someone reblogs something with this gif in it talking about The Prince of Egypt I get so hyped and do research about Megalodons (like right now when I should be paying attention to a lecture about Chinese music)

LOOK AT THAT SHIT. HOLY FUCKING SHIT THAT IS A BIG ASS SHARK

THAT’S A MEGALODON NEXT TO A T. REX FUCKIN A. IMAGINE THAT SHIT IMAGINE THAT FIGHT OHHHH MY GOD I’M PUMPED

LOOK AT THAT JAW. YOU COULD STAND UP IN A MEGALODON’S MOUTH COMFORTABLY. 

FUCKIN A LOOK AT THAT TOOTH. 

AND THEN THERES ALL THE ART WITH THESE GIANT ASS SHARKS

THAT’S SHAQ DUNKING ON A MEGALODON

THIS STRESSES ME OUT OH DAMN

OH LORDY

WAHHHHH

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS MEGALODON SHARKS ARE COOL AS FUCK AND IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH ME I mean that’s alright you don’t have to but HOT DIGGITY DAMN I THINK THEY’RE THE BEES KNEES