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.

Name:

Megalodon

Meaning:

Big Tooth

Looked like:

A gigantic, somehow more terrifying Great White

Lived:

Approximately 23 to 2.6 million years ago

Where:

Every damn place

Size:

60 feet, 30 times heavier than Great White

Speed:

11 miles per hour

Teeth:

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

Extinction:

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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