STATES CHRONICLE – Shells and sea glass are not the only things to be found on beaches, as prehistoric shark teeth washed up on North Carolina’s shore that provided with a more significant find than hoped for. Millions of years ago, there were creatures roaming the Earth that we, perhaps luckily, haven’t encountered.
The giant Megalodon shark was probably among them. It was the largest shark ever known to lurk within the waters, but fell into extinction millions of years ago. This exquisite predator likely had a huge impact on marine life, and is a close relative to today’s great white sharks.
However, today’s ‘big sharks’ are marginally smaller than the giant that roamed the waters.
Beachgoer, Danny Blend, recently found teeth that belonged to the humongous species of ancient shark on the shore of North Topsail beach, North Carolina. According to Blend, it’s comparable to a lottery win, which would be accurate considering it’s millions of years old.
The well-fossilized teeth of the prehistoric shark were likely unearthed from the bottom of the ocean due to harsh storms caused by Hurricane Joaquin. They dug up the remains and, fortunately, washed them over to the sandy beaches for the locals to find. There have been record finds in North Carolina since October, so those venturing out to the shores should be keeping an eye out.
The massive shark tooth recently stumbled upon is 6 inches long, enough to cover the palm of an adult. According to Cynthia Crane, who is a director of Aurora Fossil Museum, in North Carolina, it belonged to one of the massive Megalodons that lived between 5 to 15 million years ago. This places it between mid-Miocene to late Pilocene, during the Cenozoic Era.
The teeth are the clue to unveiling the size of the shark. And, apparently, this particular species of ancient shark could reach astounding and terrifying sizes of 60 feet. That is equal or surpassing the size of a school bus. It’s also three times larger than today’s great white sharks, their closest known relatives.
According to experts, the Megalodon was likely the scourge of the waters, with a vicious bite that was stronger than that of a T-Rex. However, similar to the famous dinosaur, the ancient shark also faded away from existence with time. Given its habitat and size that likely placed it on top of the marine food chain, it’s a mystery how its extinction came to be.
According to Crane, however, its massive size might’ve been its greatest asset, and its downfall in the end.
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