3D rendering of an extinct Megalodon shark in the sea of the Cenozoic Period.
Sharks are known as the most terrifying species to roam the sea, made by the infamous horror movie ” Jaws.”
But great whites look tame compared to the old megalodon species. Here is everything you need to know about the giant claw creature.
What was the megalodon shark?
The megalodon, widely regarded as the largest shark that ever lived, prowled the seas from around 28 million years ago.
It is one of the largest vertebrate predators in history.
It is remarkable that scientists believe that the creature consumes approximately one ton of food per day to sustain itself, including whales and other large marine animals such as sea lions.
Experts have, on the basis of their research on the teeth and other remains found in the ocean, so there is a lot of debate about what the monsters were really fun.
How big was the megalodon?
Megalodon remains suggest that the ancient sea creature could grow to about three times the size of a great white.
The minimum size is about 40 metres and it is believed that they could reach 59 feet at their greatest.
Frighteningly, experts have found razor-sharp shark teeth more than 7 inches in length.
Do megalodon sharks still exist?
The megalodon species is extinct, although some conspiracy theorists claim that the predator is still our oceans.
Sailors have given accounts of spotting the prehistoric creatures.
One of these stories came from New South Wales fishermen in 1918, who claimed that their nets were stolen by a huge shark.
Another report of 1933 insisted that there was a mysterious sea beast with a huge brown story was spotted off the coast of French Polynesia.
Despite these accounts, most experts are convinced that there is no evidence that the giant predator that still exists.
Why are megalodons extinct?
For decades, experts have been over the reasons why the shark died.
Some believe that a decrease in the food supply and the cooling of the oceans reduced the megalodon population.
But the latest theory that has been brought to light by the University of Zurich, switzerland, claims the mystery has been solved.
This research proposes that a third of the ocean is the largest marine animals died during the Pilocene Epoch, approximately 5.3 million of around 9,700 BC.
During this period, the megalodon one of the creatures forced into extinction.
Dr. Caroline Pimiento, who led the research, said: “We were able to show that around a third of the marine big disappeared about three to two million years ago.
“That is why the marine megafaunal communities that people acquired have already been amended and the effect of a reduced diversity.”
This story originally appeared in The Sun.