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  • Megalodon (Carcharodonmegalodon) is another extinct shark species that is the largest predatory shark known.
  • Megalodon occurred from 28-1.5 mya and at approximately16m long (and with a mass estimated at 47 metrics tonnes) it resembled a massive great white shark and was the top ocean predator of its era.

“Megalodon (gray and red) with the whale shark (violet), great white shark (green), and a human (blue) for scale. Note: The maximum size attained by C. megalodon is indicated by the 20 m scale.” From Wikipedia.







  • Megalodon preyed on anything it wanted including pinnipeds, sea turtles, and frequently whales.
  • Fossil whales skeletons contemporaneous with Megalodon show bite damage clearly inflicted by Megalodon.
  • Megalodon when attacking large prey is believed to have focused its attack on the rib cage area crushing the delicate organs within.
  • It also is believed to have bitten off appendages immobilizing the prey.
  • Megalodon’s bite force has been estimated at up to 10 times that of a great white shark and up to five times that of a Tyrannosaurusrex.
  • The large serrated teeth were deep rooted and Megalodon likely behaved like a great white which shakes its head after biting thus sawing through its prey.
extinction of megalodon
Extinction of Megalodon
  • The formation of the Isthmus of Panama three mya resulted in large changes in ocean currents and reduced worldwide ocean temperatures.
  • Megalodon preferred warmer sea temperatures and the loss of warm water habitat coupled with a substantial decline in the diversity of whales (also as a result of changing ocean temperatures) is most likely the cause of the species extinction.