Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Megafauna Porn: Megalodon

Image source: Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryWhile a recent discovery of a 125,000-strong population of Western gorillas is tremendously welcome, I reserve the right to be disappointed that we have not found a population of megalodon roaming the seas.

Megalodon was unquestionably enormous.

Megalodon was likely ruthless, even by the standards of sharks:

[R]emains of a large prehistoric baleen whale have been excavated from Chesapeake Bay, which provided the first opportunity to quantitatively analyse the feeding behavior of C. megalodon, and this specimen revealed that the attacking behavior of C. megalodon may have been more aggressive than that of the great white shark. One reason is that the shark apparently focused its attack on the bony portions of the prey, which great white sharks generally avoid.
It was a whale-hunting, bone-chomping worst case scenario. Awesome.

3 comments:

John said...
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Rémy said...

Maybe would be find Megs roaming, if we may explore the depths of the oceans.
After all, we did explore "only" 10% of the ocean floor ;)

Dale said...

Remy, nothing would please me more than to find a cache of hidden megalodons. However, I would prefer not to be physically present in the water when they're found. ;-)