Megalodon Fact Sheet

A megalodon tooth measures approximately 17 inches, twice the size of a human head.

Unlike Godzilla, King Kong or other giant monsters, the megalodon actually existed and once called the oceans of planet Earth home. That in itself is an astonishing fact when one dissects the facts about this terrible leviathan.




Big Tooth

Looked like:

A gigantic, somehow more terrifying Great White


Approximately 23 to 2.6 million years ago


Every damn place


60 feet, 30 times heavier than Great White


11 miles per hour


Numerous at 7.25 inches. Triangular in shape, robust with fine serrations

What it ate:

Giant sea turtles, whales, seals, whatever it damn-well pleased


Likely caused by climate change and an ecosystem that shifted away from the massive prey targets that made being a megalodon so much fun.

Read LIW‘s interview with Steve Alten, author of The Meg:


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Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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