We hadn’t until we had guest expert Tyler join us from Common Tides.
We learned that the Carcharocles megalodon was once the most fearsome predator to reign the seas. This ancient shark lived roughly 23 to 3.6 million years ago in nearly every corner of the ocean.
We watched as Tyler and his teammates measured out a 25 ft Great White Shark, and then continued to measure out 54ft Megalodon! 😲 The megalodon was a massive shark. Roughly up to 3 times the length of a modern-day great white shark, it is the largest shark to have ever lived.
The largest was roughly 60 feet in length and attained perhaps up to 50 tons, the size and weight of a railroad car. Due to the lack of cartilage fossils, megalodon size estimates are based upon known relationships between tooth size and shark body length.
Without giving too much away you can find Megalodon teeth by digging and sifting through the sediment with a small shovel and a sifting screen along our southeastern shores of the USA.
Who wants to come on a Megalodon tooth discovery trip with us? 🙋🙋