Did you know? The now extinct Megalodon Shark, which lived during the early Miocene epoch to the end of the Pliocene epoch, was the largest predator to ever live! The Megalodon Shark, meaning “big tooth”, was known to reach lengths of 60-70 feet and a weight of 60 plus tons! To put this all in perspective, the largest modern Great White Shark only reaches a length of approximately 23 feet and a weight of 3.5 tons. Even the teeth (the Megalodon had approximately 276 teeth arranged in 5 rows) could reach sizes exceeding 7 inches. This gigantic shark had a massive appetite and, with a bite force estimated between 24,000 to 40,000 pounds, routinely consumed whales, sea cows and sea lions for breakfast!
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