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.
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: