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Megalodons Were One Of The Most Horrifying Creatures To Swim The Seven Seas

Updated September 23, 2021 1.0m views13 items

Jason Statham's 2018 movie may be a work of fiction, but there is a real-life monster behind The Meg: the 60-foot-long prehistoric sea creature known as the megalodon. The movie paints the shark-like monster as something that still lives in the ocean, but this apex predator likely died out millions and millions of years ago - or did it?

Fossils prove the megalodon was real, and in fact went extinct. But that doesn't stop some believers from claiming the creature still swims the depths like a real-life Godzilla. These megalodon facts paint a formidable picture: It was larger than any creature now living, and it could destroy a Tyrannosaurus rex.

  • The Great White Shark Likely Did Not Evolve From Its Big Cousin

    Although the teeth of the great white and the megalodon are similarly shaped, the animals are different species. Scientists say great white teeth more closely resemble those of a mako shark.

  • Photo: Nobu Tamura / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

    It May Have Evolved From Another Giant Shark

    Otodus was another super-sized shark that lived 45 to 60 million years ago. Some scientists think that this creature eventually evolved into the megalodon based on the teeth of the two creatures. The serrated teeth of the Otodus could have been the predecessors of the megalodon's flesh-ripping chompers.

    The two likely had the same diet of large marine life during their time in the ocean. 

  • Its Teeth Were Misidentified As Moon Rocks And Dragon Tongues

    When humans first found megalodon teeth, they believed the giant fossils were rocks that had fallen to Earth from the Moon. Others believed they were the hardened tongues of dragons or giant snakes.

    It wasn't until 1666 that a scientist realized the large chunks were actually the fossilized teeth of a shark, after comparing them to the teeth of a shark.

  • Photo: Catalina Pimiento, Dana J. Ehret, Bruce J. MacFadden, Gordon Hubbell / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.5

    Its Giant Teeth Have Been Found Around The World

    In July 2017, a young boy vacationing with his family in Myrtle Beach, SC, found a 5-inch-long megalodon tooth. As of August 2016, Jud Keeling of Suffolk, VA, has found 280 of the fossilized chompers. Teeth have also been found in Italy and Croatia